The No. 2 Senate Democrat says he will join a fast in support of activists pushing for changes in the nation's immigration laws.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said Thursday that after meeting with members of the pro-immigration reform group Fast4Families at the National Mall a day earlier, he accepted their invitation to fast for 24 hours.
The senator said he will fast from 7 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday.
"This fast will coincide with the observance of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico and one of the most solemn days on the Catholic calendar for many," said Durbin, who is Catholic.
Durbin is one of the eight senators who crafted a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate. The measure has stalled in the House, where Republican leaders have proposed drafting a series of smaller immigration-related bills.
"There is no excuse for the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to call our bipartisan Senate bill for a vote," the Illinois Democrat said. House "Speaker Boehner [R-Ohio] is ignoring the injustice of our broken immigration system."