The Senate just voted 67-27 to limit debate and amendments on the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the S. 744 amnesty bill.
The massive political flip-flopping is par for the course. Very few politicians have the leadership ability of an E-3 in any branch of the service and the ability to make a decesion and stand by that decision is beyond their capability. It looks like the American public has allowed universal betrayal once again, but as you said, “no one cares” to standup and be counted or even “sound off” to carpetbaggers on accountability.
The Senate Vote…..
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 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 voted to kill the S. 744 mass immigration/amnesty bill on the very first vote in the process.
One of those — Sen. Kirk (R-Illinois) — switched sides tonight and voted to keep the amnesty alive.
But the outpouring of grassroots opposition to this bill continues to move us toward the 41 votes needed to block S. 744 in the final cloture vote later this week. Believe me, we have a huge battle ahead of us to get to 41. But it is still possible if we can persuade enough more Senators that the voters of their state understand what an empty set of promises the Corker/Hoeven amendment really is.
Perhaps the most hopeful news 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.
Instead, this evening the Minority Leader (McConnell), the Minority Whip (Cornyn), Policy Chair (Barrasso) and Conference Chair (Thune) all voted NO.
Even the Senators who voted YES on the key procedural vote yesterday on S. 744 have room to vote NO on the final chance to kill the amnesty bill (probably Thursday morning). Continue reading