When a comprehensive immigration reform bill failed in 2007, eight Democrats voted to kill it. The Hill reported today some of these senators may again help to block immigration reform legislation: Five of the Democrats who voted “no” in 2007 are unsure how they will vote on the DREAM Act when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) adds it as an amendment to the defense authorization bill to be taken up this week.
The Hill talked to Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), all of whom said they were still undecided. Landrieu, Dorgan and Conrad gave no indication of how they would vote on the DREAM Act, while McCaskill leaned more toward a “yes”:
“It depends on the language,” she said. “I have some problems with the way the bill was drafted last time. I am certainly more comfortable with the notion that somebody who has been in the country for five years and who came here through the fault of their parents and not their fault ought to get a green card to serve in the military. I’m very sympathetic to that. I’m just looking at the drafting now.”
But Pryor is leaning no.
“I’ll have to look at it and see, but my inclination is probably to vote against it again,” he said. “But I want to look at it and see. I know there’s been some changes.”
With Democrats undecided, the likelihood of the DREAM Act passing as an amendment remains up in the air. Reid will need 60 votes to pass the bill because several Republicans have vowed to block the DREAM Act, claiming it has nothing to do with defense spending. Previous Republican supporters of the DREAM Act, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), have said they will vote against the bill.
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