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Immigration Bill May Not Get Through the Senate

There's another cloture vote tomorrow and now there are enough Senators who have changed their minds or are on the fence on the bill that cloture may not pass.

The fate of U.S. immigration legislation was cast into doubt when at least six senators who helped revive the proposed overhaul said they either oppose or are leaning against a move to permit a vote on final passage.

The measure is in more jeopardy ``than I thought a few hours ago,'' said Senator Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat.

The supporters' strategy of disposing of amendments that threatened the legislation's bipartisan support hit a procedural snag late in the day, adding to the uncertainty. The Senate refused to set aside an amendment by Montana Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester that would dilute requirements employers verify the identity of new workers.

Under Senate rules, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, now can't move to consider other provisions without getting the consent of all 100 senators.

``I think this hurts'' the measure, said Texas Republican John Cornyn, an opponent.

Earlier today, Senate sponsors had succeeded in killing a series of proposed changes that would undermine the measure's support. Nonetheless, senators who voted yesterday to resume consideration of the bill were withdrawing support.

That's probably because so many proposed changes failed. If it does turn out that tomorrow's cloture vote fails, then Senators Jim DeMint, James Inhofe of SecureBordersNow and Byron Dorgan need to propose their own bill, one that calls for securing the border first.


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Comments (13)

Hooray!... (Below threshold)
John in CA:


I'd like to echo John's sen... (Below threshold)

I'd like to echo John's sentiment, but my natural pessimism tells me to wait till after the vote tomorrow.

I admit it's looking better, tho.

C-C-G, keep your fingers cr... (Below threshold)
John in CA:

C-C-G, keep your fingers crossed and don't let up on the emails, calls, whatever until this thing is DEAD.

Keep the cards & letters go... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Keep the cards & letters going to congress. Another cloture vote - this one to bring debate to a close (and, again, for which a "YES" vote should be considered as a vote for amnesty) - is slated for tomorrow shortly before 11 a.m.

Be cautiously optimistic...... (Below threshold)

Be cautiously optimistic....as I stated in earlier threads, Tuesdays vote was based on tactics and strategy. I think we have flipped the needed amount. If by some horror we LOSE this vote, there is only ONE thing left to do...........ROCK and ROLL the CONGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

"If it does turn out that tomorrow's cloture vote fails, then Senators Jim DeMint, James Inhofe of SecureBordersNow and Byron Dorgan need to propose their own bill, one that calls for securing the border first."

I disagree. If cloture fails, and I think it will,
EVERYONE needs to go home for the summer and clear their heads. After summer break, start enforcing the CURRENT laws and increase border security.

Oh please, oh please, oh pl... (Below threshold)

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please.....

Knightbrigade, I agree but ... (Below threshold)

Knightbrigade, I agree but do we have enough people left in congress with the brains to do that. Doesn't appear so after seeing what the retards have done in the past couple of weeks. A democrat led congress that would Pi** on 80% + of the American citizens are not to be trusted. Well they aren't trusted by 90% of the citizens but still listen to criminals like Reid that evidently stands to make billions if the Amnesty bill passes. What reason other than the dollar would cause so many to sell the American citizen and the constitution down the drain.

What reason other ... (Below threshold)
What reason other than the dollar would cause so many to sell the American citizen and the constitution down the drain.


Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy, et al Dems believe that this will bring in more people who will end up on the welfare rolls (even though the White House claims they wouldn't be eligible, this is untrue, however eligibility is delayed for a number of years). More welfare recipients = more voters the Democrats can scare into voting for them with dire predictions of benefit cuts.

Also, more warm bodies mean more people who can cast votes (for Democrats, of course) in the names of dead people without someone recognizing that person going through the voting line twice. Why do ya think the Dems are so adamantly opposed to requiring a real form of ID to be able to vote?

It all comes down to the votes.

Oh, and the northeastern contingent of politicians wants to make sure they can get their illegal nannies, maids, and gardeners.

You can bet the pork is fly... (Below threshold)
Robert the Original:

You can bet the pork is flying.

Amendments inserted in ever... (Below threshold)

Amendments inserted in every nook and cranny work to dilute every portion of this bill. As I said earlier, it's good that we do background checks on people who want to be citizens - bad that there's only one day to do so. It's good that businsses should make good faith efforts to establish a prospective employee's eligibility to work here - bad that the requirements are easy to circumvent. And on it goes from one aspect of the bill to the next.

"Dilute" is the perfect word. Some portions of the bill are diluted to the point of rendering them moot. Congress calls this "bi-partisanship" and "compromise". Lip stick on a pig is the best analogy. Reading a summary of the bill gives you a good look at the lip stick without every discovering the pig underneath.

It goes like this:

Senator A: I move that we only allow dogs in the dog show and that they've paid the entry fee.

Senator B: I move to ammend that we only check to make sure they have four legs and we take their word that the entry fee is paid.

Senator A: In the interests of bi-partisanship - okay!

Introduction of the bill: Since too many species of animals have been participating in "Dog Shows" we have come together to tighten the rules.

Summary of the bill: Only dogs may enter the dog show.

Dogs: Wait a minute....!

Cats, pigs, bears, etc, "Yay!"

Hey, there is a nearly 700 ... (Below threshold)

Hey, there is a nearly 700 comment thread at Polipundit. Graham is hosting a Bird of Paradise outside of its usual range.

20%20% support thi... (Below threshold)


20% support this monstrosity. Most HATE it.

That's it.

So who exactly do these members of Congress actually represent?

"So who exactly do these me... (Below threshold)

"So who exactly do these members of Congress actually represent?"
Posted by: drjohn at June 28, 2007 10:19 AM

Why, the people that give them the most money! I thought everyone knew we have the best politicians that money can buy.






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