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Immigration: Dead Bill Walking?

Proponents of the Immigration Bill revive their efforts this week as the measure heads towards an expected final vote just before the July 4 holiday -- if it even makes it that far. US News and World report has a recap of news coverage on the effort as the bill heads down the final stretch.

  • U.S. News and World Report reports even if Bush "is successfully corralling GOP senators, experts say the debate is alienating Hispanic voters." The GOP "could pay dearly if it cannot stop bleeding Latino voters."
  • Asked about the bill on CNN's Late Edition, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a key undecided Republican, said, "I don't like what's in it now. I think the amnesty, the cutoff after five years of the guest worker program is, I think, completely unworkable."
  • The Wall Street Journal reports a first test will come Tuesday "when the Senate votes on a procedural motion to expedite consideration of the bill. The White House is confident of getting the 60 votes needed. But that could require 22 Republicans."

Their report has links to the underlying news stories quoted. Scroll down on that page for recaps of Cheney's refusal to cooperate on archiving, news from the campaign trail, and a few bits of political humor.

Conan O'Brien: "The committee in charge of President Bush's presidential library said that they want the building to reflect the spirit of the Bush presidency. In other words, 'We're just going to build some stuff and see what happens.'"

For more see: US News and World Reports: Political Bulletin.

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Comments (3)

Paul Hamilton:

This is turning into Social Security reform redux. Bush is trying to ram an unpopular idea down the throats of congress and the American people and it just won't fly. He claimed "political capital" after the '04 election but was proven wrong. He has no political capital whatsoever today -- just look at his poll numbers -- but still can't get it through his head that he is not, and has never been, The Decider...


It is impossible for the Republicans to bleed votes it does not have. The Hispanic vote is overwhelmingly Democratic. That is why individuals like Kennedy are pushing so hard to turn 20 million illegal aliens into future Democratic voters.

Any Republican who votes for the bill is committing poltical suicide in both the short term and the long term.

Paul Hamilton:

AFAIC any public servant, Pub or Dem, who votes for this should be handed his walking papers next election. But don't blame this on the Dems, please. Nobody is pushing harder for this bill than Bush himself.


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