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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, following a cloture vote. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, following a cloture vote. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by the department employees, during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department loomed at week’s end, but no solution was in sight as senato Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, joined by the department employees, during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department loomed at week’s end, but no solution was in sight as senato
President Barack Obama gestures as he finishes speaking to members of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in the State Dining Room of White House in Washington. As they gather in Washington, many of the nation's Republican governors President Barack Obama gestures as he finishes speaking to members of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in the State Dining Room of White House in Washington. As they gather in Washington, many of the nation's Republican governors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is moving to disentangle contested immigration measures from stalled legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to try stand-alone legislation to reverse President Barack Obama's November orders to allow some undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S.

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that he's "ready to try another way."

Passage of such legislation could set the stage for passage of a Homeland Security budget bill that's free of the immigration controversy that has sparked a series of Democratic filibusters.

But top Senate Democrat Harry Reid insists that a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill pass first before anyimmigration debate.

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