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December 01, 2010

Keep Fighting for DREAM

From AILA;

"It is expected that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will file for cloture on the DREAM Act today, setting the bill up for a vote later this week. For those who have been actively tracking DREAM, this is the critical vote that we've been waiting for. Though cloture is technically a procedural hurdle, it will be the deciding vote for the bill in the Senate because it requires 60 votes. Last week, Sen. Durbin (D-IL) introduced two new versions of the bill (S.3962 and S.3963), and Sen. Reid used Rule 14 which allowed the two measures to bypass referral to a committee for debate and mark-up.

With just two days before a vote could happen, now is the time for AILA members to email, call, or even take a trip to your elected member's office and tell him or her how important DREAM is to you. Already AILA has sent more than 3,300 emails to Congress urging passage of DREAM and AgJOBS. If you've already contacted your elected officials, it is important that you do so again given the onslaught of opposition calls that are being made against DREAM that could turn votes against us. If you haven't done so, there's no time like now. Click here for our DREAM action alert.

Does DREAM really have a chance of passing during the lame-duck? At this point, the numbers are too close to call. We anticipate a handful of Senate Democrats will vote against cloture, including Nelson (NE) and Pryor (AR), which means we need at least a handful of Republicans to vote for it. Here are the key Republicans: Murkowski (AK), LeMieux (FL), Lugar (IN), Collins (ME), Snowe (ME), Brown (MA), Gregg (NH) Ensign (NV), Voinovich (OH) Cornyn (TX), Hutchison (TX), Bennett (UT), Hatch (UT).

Now is the time to pull out all the stops and fight especially since the lame-duck is the best opportunity to get any major immigration reform bill done in the near future. A win on DREAM will also give us much-needed momentum to push onwards with reform in the 112th Congress.

Beyond DREAM, the lame-duck will have a packed agenda. Today, the food safety bill passed the Senate, with slight changes from the House passed version. The administration is pushing the Senate to bring up for a vote the nuclear arms reduction treaty, New START. Other items Congress must deal with before the end of the year include whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts; passing a federal budget or a continuing resolution to keep the government running; and extending long-term unemployment benefits...".


Posted by VisaLawyer at December 1, 2010 07:41 AM


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