The "Grand Bargain" Senate Immigration Bill (S.1348) was dealt a devastating blow and withdrawn by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after a cloture vote on it was defeated by a vote of 45-50. The bill would have needed 60 votes to invoke cloture and go to a final passage vote.
Harry Reid is crying along with the other amnesty supporters and traitors in the Senate.
A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people unlawfully in the United States failed a crucial test vote in the Senate Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its defeat for the year.
The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill's supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats' efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.
The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers and give as many as 12 million illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status.
Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who had made no secret of his distaste for parts of the bill, said he would withdraw it but keep working toward eventual passage.
"I, even though disappointed, look forward to passing this bill," Reid said. But he said he needs help from the White House.
"This is the president's bill," Reid said. "... We can't do it alone over here. We need some help."
Yes, Senator Harry Reid and President Bush need some help all right. This bill was the worst piece of legislation to come down the Senate pipe in years and the fact that it was hidden under covers and then revealed so quickly in order to try and screw over the American people is evidence enough of that.
This is a victory for all Americans.
Time for a good old fashioned link o'rama of celebration.
Michelle Malkin liveblogged it. Good to see her covering immigration again for a change.
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Bush hack Hugh Hewitt must be cryin in the shower right about now.
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