DREAM ACT Blocked by Senate Republicans 55-41

December 18, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)– The DREAM Act is dead. It was voted down by a 55-41 vote. The Senate in a rare weekend session, just held the procedural cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote, and it failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. The DREAM act would provide a path to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. They would be required to complete two-years of college and serve two-years in the military, before being considered for citizenship.

The vote has been closely watched by the Latino community. Today’s Senate session and the preceding debate leading up to the vote on the DREAM ACT is being shown live on Telemundo and Univision.

During the debate leading up to the vote, many Republican senators complained about the inability to gum up the works with endless and frivolous amendments.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rose to speak, saying he was outraged over the inability to make frivolous amendments to obstruct the process. He said “to those who are pushing this process it is not appreciated.”

He slammed the DREAM Act as a “political” stunt by Democrats. And he told his constituents who support the DREAM Act that “you can visit my office but you are wasting your time.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) rose to give an impassioned speech on the many young undocumented immigrants who are excelling in school and in the workplace, but are being denied citizenship.

Democrats voting no were: Pryor (AR), Nelson (NE), Tester (MT), Baucus (MT) and Hagan (NC).

In a normal Senate, this vote would have passed with the majority vote of 55. It’s a disgrace.


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