(THE DAILY CALLER) — The Senate cast its first major vote on immigration reform Monday, voting to end debate on a compromise border security amendment that is expected to bring the necessary Republicans on board to pass the full comprehensive immigration reform bill authored by the Gang of Eight.
The Senate voted to end debate on the amendment that contains the border security compromise authored by Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota. The amendment is seen as a compromise palatable to both Republicans and Democrats that will help get the necessary number of votes to pass the immigration bill authored by the bipartisan Gang of Eight: Sens. John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Michael Bennet, Jeff Flake, Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Dick Durbin, and Lindsey Graham.
Fifteen Republicans voted in favor of cloture. The vote count was 67-26, four votes shy of the 70 votes that proponents of the bill like Sen. Lindsey Graham have said they want on the final bill in order to give it momentum heading to the House.
Several senators were not present due to air travel. Monday is the day when many senators fly from their home states back to Washington. Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia were not present, and neither were Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Mark Udall of Colorado.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter, Jim Inhofe and Mike Lee spent the day vehemently opposing the planned vote, protesting that, among other problems with the bill, the language of the amendment had not been filed until Friday evening, and that senators had not had sufficient time to read it.
The amendment requires that “registered provisional immigrants” are not eligible to receive green cards until at least 10 years after the bill is put into effect, and until the Homeland Security secretary has certified that an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents have been deployed along the border, at least 700 miles of fencing has been completed, and several new technologies have been put into effect. Read more via The Daily Caller...
Yeas - 15
Not Voting - 4