Senator Edward Kennedy discusses immigration reform legislation during a news conference in Washington Thursday, June 21, 2007. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is at right.
Senators pushing a new immigration policy appealed Sunday to wavering supporters ahead of renewed debate on securing the borders and dealing with 12 million undocumented immigrants.
A fragile compromise was pulled from the Senate in early June, then resurrected after bipartisan negotiations with the White House. The bill awaits a crucial test vote this week. With several senators distancing themselves from the proposal, the outcome was too close to call.
“We’ll see if between the two parties we have 60 votes” needed to keep the bill moving toward a final vote, said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week said his support for the bill hinges on the outcome of a series of amendments agreed to as part of the compromise to revive the legislation.
Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who has faced critical ads back home over his support for the bill, said Sunday, “I’m not committed to voting for the final product. The wheels may come off. But I am committed to trying.”
The Senate GOP will be making a fantastically poor move if they give the Democrats votes in order to invoke cloture for this bill:
1. The bill is NOT supported by a majority of the American people.
2. The bill is overwhelmingly NOT supported by the GOP voter base.
3. It strips the GOP Presidential candidates away from an issue that has voter support.
Overall this bill is a BIG LOSER for the GOP.
Note, even Trent Lott is backing away from immediately supporting the bill without seeing the final revisions/amendments. He must be feeling the heat from his constituents.
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