From the desk of Rich Stolz, Co-Director of FIRM
Tonight the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the immigration bill. They needed 60 votes, but only 45 Senators voted for the motion. Majority Leader Reid pulled the bill from the Senate floor, and the Senate will move to other action. Republicans that supported cloture included: Graham, Hagel, Lugar, Martinez, McCain, Specter and Voinovich. Democrats that opposed cloture included: Baucus, Bingaman, Boxer, Byrd, Dorgan, Landrieu, McCaskill, Pryor, Rockefeller, Sanders, Tester and Webb. I’ve listed how Senators voted below by state, but you can also view this at:
The blame game is already in motion. On the Senate floor, Reid expressed deep disappointment in not moving the bill forward, and placed the blame on Republicans refusing to allow votes on amendments earlier today, and lining up against the cloture vote this evening. McConnell placed the blame on Reid for not allowing sufficient time for debate on the dozens of amendments that had been filed. Both suggested that it would be possible to design a deal that would allow a bill to return to the Senate floor in coming weeks, but this is likely to be posturing. What happens among various Senators in the next few days will be critical in assessing whether there really is any momentum remaining in the Senate to continue debate on a bill.