President Bush seems sincere about wanting to bring the bill to his desk for signing, and we'll know progress is being made when the bill is taken off the shelf by Reid.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will bring up the measure again if Democrats can be assured of more Republican backing.
It's unclear, though, how much influence Bush has among Republicans on immigration, given that it has sparked a backlash among some of the party's core supporters, who see it as amnesty for people who sneaked into the country.
Appearing Tuesday on CBS's "The Early Show," [White House Press Secretary Tony] Snow said, "I think what you're going to find is that Senate Republicans are going to put together a package of amendments and present them to Democrats and say, 'This what we want to debate.' "
"We seem to be getting some signals out of the majority leader that he'll go ahead and make that debate possible, and therefore we feel pretty confident we're going to get passage," Snow said.
Proponents of the bill gathered Monday evening to plot strategy for bringing it back. They were working to agree on a limited list of Republican-sought changes that could be considered before a final vote on the measure.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader, has said such a deal could allow the bill to go forward.
"There are a substantial number of Republican senators who believe that this bill would be an improvement over the current situation, over the status quo," McConnell said.
The center and left should not cave in to the whining demands of the right wing bigots on this issue. We should send those babies to bed without their supper before we give in to these tantrums.
It'll be up to Bush and the Republicans like McConnell to move the far right towards the middle and towards compromise. Good luck!
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