28 June 2007

S.1639 george bush's illegal alien amnesty bill cloture vote

**updated** the senate voted [roll call] today, thursday 28 june 2007, to reject the cloture motion (motion to invoke cloture) on S.1639. so now the bill is supposed to be all but dead. hmmm we'll see.
Jun 28, 6:16 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's immigration plan to legalize as many as 12 million unlawful immigrants while fortifying the border collapsed in the Senate on Thursday, crushing both parties' hopes of addressing the volatile issue before the 2008 elections.

The Senate vote that drove a stake through the delicate compromise was a stinging setback for Bush, who had made reshaping immigration laws a central element of his domestic agenda. It could carry heavy political consequences for Republicans and Democrats, many of whom were eager to show they could act on a complex issue of great interest to the public.

"Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people and Congress' failure to act on it is a disappointment," a grim-faced president said after an appearance in Newport, R.I. "A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn't find common ground. It didn't work."

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., his party's lead negotiator, called the defeat "enormously disappointing for Congress and for the country." But, he added: "We will be back. This issue is not going away."
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here's how the united states senate voted tuesday 26 june 2007. the "yea" votes are those senators who are for illegal alien amnesty.

twenty- four republicans, thirty-nine democrats and one independant voted for the cloture motion to proceed to consider S.1639.

these senators who voted "nay" are against illegal alien amnesty. surprisingly, on this vote (like she has done so many times before) louisiana's katrina mary landrieu didnt lick george w. bush's boots.

twenty-five republicans, nine democrats and one independent voted no.