Reid Says Amnesty Vote Pushed Off To Early Next Week GOOD NEWS — No New YES Votes For DREAM Amnesty
BAD NEWS — Talk of hiding amnesty inside giant spending & tax bills
See below for our latest target list for today.
HERE'S THE UPDATE IN BRIEF FOR TODAY:
* Massive pro-amnesty pressure this week has failed to get a single new YES vote. Congratulatons to all of you who have been phoning with practical and rational comments about the DREAM amnesty. Just as last week, we would beat that amnesty if the vote were held in the Senate today. But we can't stop phoning because Senate leaders are trying to give pro-amnesty advocates every moment possible to find the last of the 60 votes they need.
* No. 2 Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) now is pushing the DREAM Act amnesty vote out of this week and he says likely early next week. Nonetheless, he continues to claim that the amnesty vote is a higher priority for the Senate leadership than all but three or four of the long wish list they have before Christmas.
* Reid also indicates that if amnesty doesn't pass before Christmas he may bring Senate back between Christmas and New Year's. He also has suggested he might bring the old Senate back on Monday and Tuesday after New Year's for the final two days before the Congress that was elected in November takes over. He knows that an amnesty has zero chance of passing in the newly elected Congress, so he seems intent on holding the old Congress around as long as he needs to get an amnesty to the President's desk.
* Danger of hiding amnesty inside larger bill during the Lame Duck? The ILW.com website for immigration lawyers carried some fascinating comments this week about the desperation among pro-amnesty advocates. In giving three reasons why the nation's attorneys should support the DREAM amnesty was: "a not-insignificant fraction of DREAM beneficiaries will need legal counsel, one of the few bright spots on the horizon for law firms suffering from the Great Recession." While noting that Reid still doesn't have the votes to pass the DREAM amnesty on its own, "If DREAM passage is to be ensured, the sure-fire method is to attach it to a must-pass bill. Two such bills are currently in play and DREAM could conceivably be attached to either. The bills are of course, the tax cut bill and the Continuing Resolution for Appropriations for FY 2011. . . even serious discussion about attaching DREAM to the must-pass bills would go a long way to getting the 60 votes on the stand-alone bill." [More]