The Senate just voted 67-27 to limit debate and amendments on the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the S. 744 amnesty bill.
That means the 1,100+ page bill as amended by 119 pages of amendments today can come to a vote as early as Wednesday morning. The final cloture vote (requiring 60 votes) on the whole bill could be as early as Thursday morning.
Some good news this evening is that we saw 12 additional Senators who were willing to defy an unprecedented crush of corporate lobbyists and stand against giving out 28-33 million more foreign work permits during a time of high unemployment.
Last week, only 15 of the 100 Senators were willing to make that kind of stand and vote to kill the S. 744 mass immigration/amnesty bill on the very first vote in the process....
Perhaps the most hopeful news this evening was that the entire leadership of the Senate Minority Party (Republican) voted against stopping debate on this substitute bill.
A month ago — with all the pressure from the National Republican Establishment and corporate lobbyists — we would not have been surprised to see the Senate Republican leadership backing this bill.
Here's a list of the 15 Republicans who voted to invoke cloture on the amendment: Lamar Alexander (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Jeffrey Chiesa (NJ), Susan Collins (ME), Bob Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dean Heller (NV), John Hoeven (ND), Mark Kirk IL), John McCain (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Marco Rubio (FL), and Roger Wicker (MS).