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Dream Act Amnesty Bill falls 8 votes short

Posted by thebosun on October 24, 2007

Courtesy of NumbersUSA

DREAM Act amnesty in Senate falls 8 votes short — This may have been Pro-Illegals’ best shot

CONGRATULATIONS!

As NumbersUSA posted on their Home page immediately after the vote, the Senate early this afternoon voted 52-44 in favor of “cloture” on the DREAM Act amnesty. That was 8 votes short of the 60 necessary to allow the bill to even be brought to the floor.

SEE VOTE TALLY AT BOTTOM OF THIS EMAIL.
WHO SWITCHED TO AMNESTY? WHO SWITCHED AGAINST?

For the third time this year, an amnesty failed in the Senate. (Until this year, the Senate was widely considered a lost cause for those of us interested in reducing overall illegal and legal immigration.)

THE END OF AMNESTY ATTEMPTS THIS YEAR?
Optimistically, we can hope that Democratic leadership will decide that it just isn’t worth wasting more of the calendar and more divisiveness by bringing up any other amnesties this year — and maybe not even next year.
We’ll soon see because the open borders pushers are clamoring for a vote on the AgJOBS Amnesty when the Farm spending bill comes up probably next week.
We are hearing that some of the Democratic mid-level leaders are balking at adding the AgJOBS Amnesty to the Farm bill in committee. The question now is whether Reid will try to talk the amnesty zealots out of trying to attach it on the

SEN. HUTCHISON (R-TEXAS) MAY CAUSE DREAM AMNESTY TO COME BACK UP?
Perhaps the darkest cloud on the horizon is that Sen. Hutchison and Sen. Durbin have already announced their intent to create a new DREAM amnesty as a substitute that might garner the extra votes for passage.
Hutchison’s key concept seems to be that the illegal aliens would get the right to live here permanently, to work and to get in-state tuition but would never be allowed to become U.S citizens.
We’ll see.

WHO SWITCHED SIDES FROM THE JUNE AMNESTY VOTE?
The final cloture vote for the Comprehensive Amnesty in June was 46-53. The amnesty side fell 14 votes short.
Today, it was only 8 votes short.

Here is what was different today:
—————
TO THE BAD SIDE
8 Democrats switched to pro-amnesty after voting AGAINST the amnesty in June.
Bayh (D-Ind).
Bingaman (D-N.M.)
Brown (D-Ohio)
Harkin (D-Iowa)
Nelson (D-Neb.)
Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)
Stabenow (D-Mich.)
Webb (D-Va.)

—————-
TO THE GOOD SIDE
1 Democrat switched to our side against the amnesty after voting FOR the June amnesty.
Conrad (D-N.D.)
This is an extremely welcome development. His fellow North Dakota Democratic Senator, Dorgan, has been one of our finest allies in protecting American workers from unfair foreign labor. But Sen. Conrad usually votes on the other side. He is not up for re-election next year. On the face of it, this switch would seem to be more about generally realligning with where the people of North Dakota are.
—————–
TO THE BAD SIDE
1 Democrat who didn’t vote in June voted FOR this amnesty.
Johnson (D-S.D.)
—————–
TO THE BAD SIDE
1 Independent switched to pro-amnesty after voting AGAINST the June amnesty.
Sanders (I-Vt.)
——————
TO THE BAD SIDE
5 Republicans switched to pro-amnesty after voting AGAINST the June Amnesty.
Brownback (R-Kan.)
Coleman (R-Minn.)
Collins (R-Maine)
Hatch (R-Utah)
Hutchison (R-Texas)
Brownback began to vote somewhat better on immigration once he entered the Presidential campaign and started talking to voters especially in Iowa. But he dropped out of the race last week. So, it appears he will go back to his championship for illegal immigration and foreign workers that he demonstrated before he started looking for votes nationally.
They all need your faxes of chastisement in hopes that they may return to the anti-illegal fold on the next votes.
——————-
TO THE GOOD SIDE
4 Republicans switched to our side against the amnesty after voting FOR the June amnesty.
Graham (R-S.C.)
Gregg(R-N.H.)
Kyl (R-Ariz.)
Specter (R-Pa.)
Those of you in those four states really hammered these Senators for their pro-amnesty votes in June. I think all four of them are wanting to have at least a somewhat different profile on immigration. This is the beinning of what may be a long path of rehabilitation. Let’s hope so.
——————-
HELPED BY NOT VOTING
On a cloture vote requiring 60 votes, not showing up to vote has the same effect as voting NO. So we appreciated the fact that the following did not vote today. All four voted FOR the June amnesty.
Boxer (D-CA)
Dodd (D-Conn.)
Kennedy (D-Mass.)
McCain (R-Ariz.)
TOTAL VOTE TALLY ON CLOTURE ON S. 2205, THE DREAM ACT AMNESTY

==========
YEAs —52
(a vote for amnesty by letting it come to floor for consideration)
==========
Akaka (D-HI)

Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Brown (D-OH)
Brownback (R-KS)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
===========
NAYs —44
(a vote against amnesty by keeping bill from consideration)
===========
Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bond (R-MO)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
===============
Not Voting – 4
===============
Boxer (D-CA)
Dodd (D-CT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
McCain (R-AZ)

 

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