***12:40pm Eastern...second cloture vote/motion to reconsider also
fails, 34-61. Reid rescinds a new quorum call...announces work on a new
unanimous consent agreemnt...3 GOP amendments, 3 Dem amendments...Sen. Ensign on the floor: "The more you talk about this bill, the more you realize that when you fix one problem, there's another one..." Now Sen. Dodd is babbling about an amendment to allow naturalized citizens to bring over parents, arguing that
Congress shouldn't have any role in "dictating the terms" of family reunification...***
***breaking 11:59am Eastern. First cloture motion to limit debate
and move to a final vote on S1348 fails, 33-63. 60 Ayes needed. All Republicans
and 15 Dems--Baucus, Levin, Webb, Landrieu, McCaskill, Dorgan, Conrad, Bingaman, Boxer, Byrd, Stabenow, Pryor, Rockefeller, Tester, and Reid* voted Nay. Sanders (I-Vt) also voted nay. *Reid calls for motion to reconsider. He said earlier he will change his vote to yes in order to bring up a second cloture vote later this afternoon at 5pm Eastern.***
Don't miss the video of Lindsey Graham's temper tantrum, via Hot Air.
This bill needs to go. What we need is strict enforcement of the existing laws.