The fate of the DREAM Act in the Senate hinges on seven Republican senators, according to a senior White House official.
In a conference call with reporters this morning, Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, said, “It looks very much like the outcome [of the Senate DREAM Act vote] is going to depend on whether we have that level of Republican support,” a reference to the GOP senators who had backed the measure in 2007. Munoz added that the White House was working very hard “to make sure this is a positive vote.”
Spokespersons for Sens. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), a former sponsor of the bill, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R., Texas) indicated to NRO in November that neither senator would be supporting the legislation.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Indiana), formerly a co-sponsor, is now undecided. Sens. Sam Brownback (R., Kansas), Susan Collins (R., Maine), and Olympia Snowe (R., Maine), all of whom backed the legislation in 2007, have not announced their votes yet. There is also speculation that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) may back the bill this year, although she voted against it in 2007.