The bill's supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear the way for final passage of the legislation, which critics assailed as offering amnesty to illegal immigrants. The vote was 46 to 53 in favor of limiting the debate.
Senators in both parties said the issue is so volatile that Congress is highly unlikely to revisit it this fall or next year, when the presidential election will increasingly dominate American politics.
I think it is gone for good this time. It will not come back up this session. I don't think it will come up again as the 2008 elections are nearing. The Senators were hoping to put it through now and hope we would forget by then.
The roll call.
These are the Republicans voting for cloture:
Remember them come election time.