SENATE CLOTURE VOTE FAILS
Thanks for all of your hard work in making phone calls and sending faxes the last 8 days.
The Senate just failed by a count of 56-43 to approve cloture, which would have allowed debate to begin on a Defense bill that Senate leaders hoped would include the DREAM Act amnesty.
Because it takes 60 votes for cloture, the Defense bill had to be pulled.
The insistence of Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) in using the Defense bill as a vehicle for the amnesty was one of the key reasons why Republicans refused to allow debate on the bill.
Every Republican (except Sen. Murkowski of Alaska who was absent) voted NO.
Sen. Pryor of Arkansas looked to be the sole Democrat who would vote against Reid but, in the end, his fellow Arkansas Democrat Sen. Lincoln also voted NO.
It would be unfair to infer that every Democrat voting YES to start debate supports the DREAM amnesty. We know that on a direct up or down on the amnesty, many of the Democrats would have voted NO. But this opening cloture vote was one that pushed Democrats to show Party loyalty to just start the debate.
I really believe that many of you are in states where you had persuaded your Democratic Senator to vote NO on the DREAM amnesty amendment itself. Good work, all of you.
I WILL EMAIL YOU A FURTHER ANALYSIS A LITTLE LATER.
I am sending this to you quickly just so you know that you can stop phoning and revel a little in your victory.
The amnesty threat has receded for the moment, although Sen. Reid promised he would bring the DREAM amnesty back up for a vote later this year. I'll talk later about that possibility.
For now, congratulate yourselves for your great work.
The Christian Science Monitor speculates that Harry Reid was pushing this to get Hispanic votes—not for the Democrats in general, but for Reid himself in Nevada.
Remember, the defeat of the DREAM Act does nothing to stop Obama's stealth amnesty, which is executive, not legislative. If he tells ICE to sit on their hands and not deport anyone, the only thing Congress can do is impeach him.