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Cloture passed on Corker-Hoeven 67-27. The vote list is as follows:
|Murkowski (R-AK) |
|Portman (R-OH) |
|Not Voting - 6|
No Democrat voted against cloture. Interesting pro-cloture votes: Alexander and Wicker. Interesting anti-cloture: Portman and Toomey. Chambliss and Isakson say that they would have voted against cloture.
This is not the last cloture vote the legislation needs to survive, as Roll Call explains:
If all debate time is used, the next cloture vote is likely to take place Wednesday on the Judiciary Committee’s version of the bill (as amended on the floor). The third and final vote on limiting debate could come 30 hours after that, with passage following another 30 hours after that.It still is unclear why July 4 is a deadline for this bill. (Or is it so unclear? Reid Wilson explains how backers of the Gang of Eight might find themselves a bit worried about popular energies mobilizing against this bill. Perhaps the fact that Ted Cruz's anti-S. 744 petition already has 100,000 signatures concerns them.)
Corker told reporters Monday evening that work was ongoing on an agreement that could permit up to 10 amendments from each side. Such an agreement could cut down on the number of hours that need to run before work’s finished, meeting Reid’s Fourth of July recess deadline.
OTHER NEWS: Some GOP senators are unhappy with the amendment process....both Hatch and Corker admit that future Congresses could kill the enforcement promises of Corker-Hoeven....CBO: We guess Corker-Hoeven lowers illegal immigration somewhat....the ICE union does not support Corker-Hoeven....some of Rubio's old supporters wonder at his current stance on illegal immigration...Rubio's poll numbers are slipping....
IT'S THE RESPECT: On Monday, Mickey Kaus had a passionately written piece on the significance of valuing labor: "If we lose that idea–if we’re so high-powered and skills-oriented and productive that we don’t have time to respect or acknowledge basic lunchbucket Americans–they’ll have to rewrite about half the country songs ever written. And we’ll have lost what was close to a defining trait of our country (as well as the normative basis for replacing welfare with work). Socially and morally, this is the crux of the immigration debate. It’s not about money but respect."
I have some of my own thoughts about respect scheduled to appear in National Review today: "One of the things that most ails both our country and the future of classical conservatism is the crisis of opportunity. The immigration bill now being pushed through the Senate does little to solve, and possibly does much to worsen, that problem." Read the rest at NRO
ELSEWHERE IN PUNDIT LAND: Andrew C. McCarthy: "It is astounding that any lawmaker could vote for this beast and still call himself a conservative supporter of limited government."....Mark Levin: turn up the fear....Fawn Johnson: Maybe the August recess will kill this bill after all....
BEYOND THE HILL: Later today, the White House will hold a meeting with Congressional leaders on immigration.
(Link to this issue here.)