by the Left Coast Rebel
This story is just breaking and I don't have details on it just yet but I just got an email from Sarah Bond of the Southern CA Tax Revolt Coalition that the Democrat backdoor amnesty bill "DREAM Act" just failed to get the necessary votes to move forward. I'll post more details as they become available.
Updated: Gnashing of teeth at Think Progress:
Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Fourty-one mostly Republican senators voted against a bill which would have provided young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents a path to legalization by pursuing a college education or serving in the military. 55 voted in the affirmative.
Updated x2: It wasn't even close. The Hill:
Senate Republicans and a handful of Democrats voted Saturday morning to block legislation that would grant legal residency to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16.
The DREAM Act, which would give legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age, lived here for at least five years, graduated from high school and attended college or served in the military, fell five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP-led filibuster — 55 to 41. Senate defeat of the legislation, which the House passed earlier this month, slams the door on immigration reform for the next two years, pro-immigrant advocates say.
Updated x3: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:
In an update, Foster notes that Joe Manchin of West Virginia also opposed cloture. Like Lugar, Manchin has to stand for re-election in 2012. It will be interesting to see Lugar attempt to defend this vote in a primary fight in a little over a year, a fight he’s probably guaranteed himself today. Even if one thought that the act had some merit, why would Lugar vote to pass it in a lame-duck session — especially since the budget has yet to be addressed, as well as the START treaty that he has hinted at supporting?
The other Democrats opposing the bill aren’t much of a surprise, except perhaps Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Looks like she’s hearing footsteps, too, even though she’s not up for her second election until 2014.
It’s yet another miscalculation by Reid in a rapidly-closing window of opportunity. If he didn’t have six of his own caucus in hand, why press the matter at all? Reid raised expectations and then dashed them, a bad strategy in politics. Thankfully, it’s also another denial of a significant imposition of policy by a Congress that voters rejected six weeks ago.