DREAM Act cloture fails, 55-41

posted at 12:00 pm on December 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Another day, another waste of time by desperate Democrats in the lame-duck session:

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to grant hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.

Sponsors of what they call the Dream Act needed 60 Senate votes for it, but fell five short. The House passed the bill last week. It was a last-ditch effort to enact it before it Republicans take control of the House from Democrats in January.

Daniel Foster at NRO did the head count:

Among Republicans, only Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted for the bill.

On the Democat side, Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Max Baucus of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pyror of Arkansas, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted against the bill.

In an update, Foster notes that Joe Manchin of West Virginia also opposed cloture.  Like Lugar, Manchin has to stand for re-election in 2012.  It will be interesting to see Lugar attempt to defend this vote in a primary fight in a little over a year, a fight he’s probably guaranteed himself today.  Even if one thought that the act had some merit, why would Lugar vote to pass it in a lame-duck session — especially since the budget has yet to be addressed, as well as the START treaty that he has hinted at supporting?

The other Democrats opposing the bill aren’t much of a surprise, except perhaps Kay Hagan in North Carolina.  Looks like she’s hearing footsteps, too, even though she’s not up for her second election until 2014.

It’s yet another miscalculation by Reid in a rapidly-closing window of opportunity.  If he didn’t have six of his own caucus in hand, why press the matter at all?  Reid raised expectations and then dashed them, a bad strategy in politics.   Thankfully, it’s also another denial of a significant imposition of policy by a Congress that voters rejected six weeks ago.


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the msm seems to think dear leader is going to go out with a win this year with START…

are the usual rino suspects going to hang with harry?

cmsinaz on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Luis Hernandez Fernandez Bendejo A Donde Esta La Casa De buta Maricon’ Lawn Service operating illegally fron (sic) Mexico hardest hit.

Aye Caramba.

Key West Reader on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Just had a really bizarre phone call from an elderly RC nun who is a shirttail relative. She blasted and lectured me on how racist and uncaring we conservatives are and how we a spoiling the American dream for everyone. I finally wished her a Blessed & Merry Christmas and she hung up on me.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I guess Murkowski got credit for the write-in votes for R-I-N-O.

churchill995 on December 18, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I doubt he’ll be successful, but Joe Miller now has his case in front of the Alaskan Supreme Court. He’s not going down without a fight.

What scares me is Mitch McConnell is on record saying he’ll bring it up in the 112th Congress. Thankfully, the House will probably never take it up, but we are going to have amnesty staring us in the face for some time to come.

gary4205 on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

are the usual rino suspects going to hang with harry?

cmsinaz on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

He ain’t going to get nothing but a swift kick in the diaper.

Key West Reader on December 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Current policy and hard line policies that are so popular…

MJBrutus on December 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

What nation are you living in? The hard line policies are only ‘popular’ in lip service. Our border guard is badly understaffed and underfunded, our in-house enforcement is a joke and we barely have the will to expel those we do catch.

Dark-Star on December 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

The best Christmas present ever.

LASue on December 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Isn’t this worth a humpbot?

El_Terrible on December 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Or is that only for AP to do?

El_Terrible on December 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Dark-Star on December 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Agreed. By “hard line” policies I was referring to the opinions I read here, not the ones in place which err in the other direction.

MJBrutus on December 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I just want them all to go home and let us enjoy the holidays… unlike last year.

parteagirl on December 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Sounds like she has bought into the “social justice” stuff and One World government crap even thought she may not admit it.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

ny59giants on December 18, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Ya know this wouldn’t be nearly as big a deal to me if it were strictly for military service. The college deal is bogus, not withstanding all the loopholes.

lizzie beth on December 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM

lizzie beth on December 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM

They can already get citizenship through military service.

El_Terrible on December 18, 2010 at 1:39 PM

More wasted time.

Not wasted. I only wish they could have taken up more of the lame Duck on this issue. The more time they waste the less they hurt the country

Among Republicans, only Sens. Bob Bennett of Utah, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted for the bill.

The Earmark Brigade!

It has paid in spades for the RINOs to set the Alaska election. The gift that keeps on giving. The Murk has already reimbursed the great Unnamed for their effort to block the Tea Party out of the Duck

Lisa Murkowski!! Grrrr! Don’t blame it on us Alaskans! That write-in vote was fixed!
tbear44 on December 18, 2010 at 1:28 PM

A write-in in a low population state is fixable. Never assume the idea of a write-in was not in the planning well in advance

entagor on December 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Key West Reader on December 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM

from your keyboard…kwr…

cmsinaz on December 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM

A write-in in a low population state is fixable. Never assume the idea of a write-in was not in the planning well in advance

entagor on December 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Don’t I –and a lot of other Americans, know it!

tbear44 on December 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM

On the other topic, it is great that DADT was repealed. It just would have been a thorn in the side of the GOP efforts to recruit young voters.

thuja on December 18, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Though I agree with your statement. The security of the nation is of a more vital concern than that of public opinion.

Public opinion being that of one that is influenced by only one side. The military has virtually no outlet for their views.

JeffVader on December 18, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Watch out for Dingy Harry – he’s a nasty piece of work, and he’s now cornered and angry. For the next few weeks, he will be trying anything he can to stick it to us once more.

Mr. Pickles on December 18, 2010 at 2:04 PM

lizzie beth on December 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I would be amicable to the college part if it were restricted to math, science and engineering graduates only. With an added restriction that they can’t sponsor relatives as a result of being bumped to the head of the line with this program.

chemman on December 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The fight is not over – read this crap statement from Sen. Ensign, who thinks that “yet another comprehensive amnesty” is part of a permanent solution:

Washington, D.C. –Senator John Ensign Saturday released the following statement regarding the blocked DREAM Act:

“I voted against the DREAM Act today because I have several very serious concerns with this legislation in its current form, least of which is the fact that it does nothing to further secure our borders, says Ensign.

“The DREAM Act goes as far as granting legal status for criminal aliens, creating a safe harbor for illegal aliens facing deportation, and does not require the completion of a college degree or military service as a condition of amnesty.”

Ensign goes on to say, “Rather than take a political and very narrow approach as this bill does, comprehensive immigration reform should be thoroughly debated, in an open amendment process, so that a permanent solution to this important issue can be implemented.”

fred5678 on December 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

As my best friend, a Roman Catholic herself, likes to say, “Catholic STUPID – it’s not just for bishops anymore!”

Eren on December 18, 2010 at 2:23 PM

I bet this will help the Republicans with the Hispanic vote.

HeroesforGhosts on December 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I bet this will help the Republicans with the Hispanic vote.

HeroesforGhosts on December 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

It will, with the smart ones. You assume, erroneously, that they are all a naive and stupid bloc.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Pappy Plan still lives!!

Two step save the Nation proposal:
1. Seal the border.
2. 10% across the board budget cuts for Federal Govt.

Too simple I know.

PappyD61 on December 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Why are they tagging Murkowski as a ‘Republican’?

Midas on December 18, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I would be amicable to the college part if it were restricted to math, science and engineering graduates only. With an added restriction that they can’t sponsor relatives as a result of being bumped to the head of the line with this program.

chemman on December 18, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I tend to agree. Sorry, I don’t think majoring in Chicano Studies, etc., should qualify for this type of thing. And, yeah, the whole add-ons and cutting in line is bogus. It’s jut a backdoor to a wholesale amnesty.

lizzie beth on December 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Lugar needs to go!
GarandFan on December 18, 2010

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Ummmm….I’m pretty certain today’s vote guarantees Lugar is gone (come 2012)

alwyr on December 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I hope this nightmare is never resurrected ever again.

Bad law written for all the best of wonderful reasons (or the most stupid reasons) is still bad law.

The DREAM Act was bad law…across the board.

coldwarrior on December 18, 2010 at 3:18 PM

alwyr on December 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The Indianapolis Star newspaper has been supporting Lugar and pushing him hard the least two weeks. Only printing supportive letters and lots of fawning articles. It’s a liberal Gannet paper.

tommyboy on December 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I bet this will help the Republicans with the Hispanic vote.

HeroesforGhosts on December 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

It will, with the smart ones. You assume, erroneously, that they are all a naive and stupid bloc.

Schadenfreude on December 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Exactly. Cuban Americans, for instance, are generally not for amnesty.

LASue on December 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM

I bet this will help the Republicans with the Hispanic vote.

HeroesforGhosts on December 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Cheers to you expressing your racism so succinctly. Cause Hispanics are like the Borg and have one collective mind, right?

Inanemergencydial on December 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Oh thank God!

I’ve been wrapping presents and baking all day. What a nice treat to read first thing.

gophergirl on December 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I’ve written a little song about him….

It’s called “Harry the used up Douche-bag” and it’s sung to the tune of “Rudolph he Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

Although quite festive, it’s not appropriate for this venue.

Tim_CA on December 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Oh thank God!

I’ve been wrapping presents and baking all day. What a nice treat to read first thing.

gophergirl on December 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

First post on here was Thanking God. Your post is apropos.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I bet this will help the Republicans with the Hispanic vote.

HeroesforGhosts on December 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, passage would’ve really helped the GOP with the Hispanic vote, right? Right? It had nothing to do with adding to the rolls of the Dems, did it?

sloopy on December 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I’m really surprised. I was sure this would pass. Glad I was wrong.

angryed on December 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM

There really is a simple answer to this continuing attempt to allow millions of illegal’s to become voters. Pass a law that says, yes, you may go to our schools, work here under a strict federal registration process, and yes, you may pay local, state, and federal taxes, BUT, YOU WILL NEVER BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN AND WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO VOTE, until you go to the back to your country of origin, and must wait five years before starting the process behind EVERY LEGAL APPLICANT.

Make the law so clearly stated, that there must be over 90% of the totals in both the House and Senate to make ANY change in this law, and it would end the Democrats love affair with illegal immigration.

Rovin on December 18, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I am a hardline immigration person and this is the absolute maximum I would be willing to give. Let the “children” brought here stay and work legally, go to school, pay taxes, etc., but never, never, never get citizenship or the right to vote. Also, end anchor baby 14th ammendment BS!

mrsmwp on December 18, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Additional deficit spending would have gotten it more GOP support.

Bugler on December 18, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Muckowski’s two-for-two today. Shouldn’t she get on with the business of switching parties already?

BKeyser on December 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

If the Repub leadership had any balls they would cut everyone of he earmarks from every bill forever.
But hey she was the Establishments guy,

Kinda tells ya something about the Establishment doesn’t it?

dhunter on December 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Rovin on December 18, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Way too clear and incorruptible an idea for the venal and dumb-as-ox politicians perpetually afflicting our republic.

rrpjr on December 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

It’s yet another miscalculation by Reid in a rapidly-closing window of opportunity. If he didn’t have six of his own caucus in hand, why press the matter at all?

You do have to wonder about that one.

I mean, really… how hard is it to count to 60?

JohnGalt23 on December 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Down the crappa!

sonnyspats1 on December 18, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Ah yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus :-)
Actually I am more sure than ever this is none other than divine intervention – Praise the Lord this did not pass & yes this should be humpbot worthy AP!!!

huskerdiva on December 18, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I mean, really… how hard is it to count to 60?

JohnGalt23 on December 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM

He had to pander he would have forced a vote anyway because he had pandered to all those SEIU housemaids, barmaids, kitchen help, casino workers who were Hispanics thathe would pass the dream act.

he wants it to use as a weapon to bring another set of Demrat voters to the polls demanding freebbee from the Demrat Party and at the expense of the working men and women here legally.

Its really a despicable pander to the bussed in, time off work voters that elected this little Rat!

dhunter on December 18, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Ummmm….I’m pretty certain today’s vote guarantees Lugar is gone (come 2012)

alwyr on December 18, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The Indianapolis Star newspaper has been supporting Lugar and pushing him hard the least two weeks. Only printing supportive letters and lots of fawning articles. It’s a liberal Gannet paper.

tommyboy on December 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I terminated my subscription to that liberal rag nine years ago. Say, did the Indy Star print this… ?

From Lugar’s website:

Press Release of Senator Lugar

Senador Lugar vota a favor del proyecto de ley DREAM Act

Saturday, December 18, 2010

El Senador Dick Lugar dio a conocer la siguiente declaración después de votar a favor de debatir el proyecto de ley DREAM Act.

Speak English! Adios, El Senador Dick Lugar.

ReagansRight on December 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I would have asked Sister, is this how Jesus would have spoken to one who disagreed? LOL

Not very Christian of this nun. I sure hope she goes to confession, and does her penance. I disagree with her, and anyone who believes this is right. If the sister wants government to rob it’s citizens, to benefit a certain few, then she needs to get a gun, and start helping with that…and then be reminded….Thou Shalt Not Steal!

capejasmine on December 18, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Just had a really bizarre phone call from an elderly RC nun who is a shirttail relative. She blasted and lectured me on how racist and uncaring we conservatives are and how we a spoiling the American dream for everyone. I finally wished her a Blessed & Merry Christmas and she hung up on me.

OmahaConservative on December 18, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Omaha, is she one of those “pantsuit nuns”? What is a “shirttail relative”, anyway?

Ward Cleaver on December 18, 2010 at 10:19 PM

No more handouts for illegal aliens.

Ward Cleaver on December 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM


…why would Lugar vote to pass it in a lame-duck session — especially since the budget has yet to be addressed, as well as the START treaty that he has hinted at supporting?

Uh, because he’s Dick Lugar.

This is pretty much par for the course for him.

The other Democrats opposing the bill aren’t much of a surprise, except perhaps Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Looks like she’s hearing footsteps, too, even though she’s not up for her second election until 2014.

She she thinks she can still win in 2014.

So long as she remains delusional enough to keep thinking she can win in NC in 2014, she may prove to be a useful ally on some votes…

Cheers to you expressing your racism so succinctly. Cause Hispanics are like the Borg and have one collective mind, right?

Inanemergencydial on December 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Pay it no mind. It’s a lib troll who fancies Pink Floyd references for screen names that’s been banned many times before.

Surprised AP hasn’t caught on yet…

SuperCool on December 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Omaha, is she one of those “pantsuit nuns”? What is a “shirttail relative”, anyway?

Ward Cleaver on December 18, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I think she has fallen under the influence of a radical activist priest in her dotage–she used to be much calmer.
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My mom always referred to people who are distant cousins or relatives of a relative as “shirttail relatives.” This nun falls into that category, and she has always had loose connections to our family. I still love her, but disagree heartily.

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 5:09 AM

I have seen a few bumper stickers in Anchorage that said: Democrats for Lisa.
Thanks for nothing Lisa, why don’t you just go ahead and switch parties now?

tbear44 on December 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

My mom always referred to people who are distant cousins or relatives of a relative as “shirttail relatives.” This nun falls into that category, and she has always had loose connections to our family. I still love her, but disagree heartily.

OmahaConservative on December 19, 2010 at 5:09 AM

Hey Omaha, I mean no disrespect but I tend to agree with the distant relative. Conservatives have helped to foster quite a gulag on illegals with a one size fits all approach. In GA, for over a year we’ve incarcerated a man with a wife and kids who are citizens — all because he was brought here as an 8 year old. Recently a 52 year old woman was deported to Central America because she came here as a child — she has no family there and doesn’t even speak Spanish. We’ve got thousands of US citizen children being deprived of support by fathers. It is not OK for conservatives to say the DREAM act was flawed, yet offer nothing to lend aid to these difficult cases.

Mark30339 on December 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

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