House Passes DREAM

by Katrina Trinko

The DREAM Act has just passed the House, 216 to 198.

UPDATE: House members primarily voted with their party, although eight Republicans voted for the DREAM Act, and 38 Democrats against.*

The Senate is scheduled to have a cloture vote on it tomorrow. It appears unlikely that the legislation will be able to pass. While both parties have one announced defection (Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson has announced he will not support it, while primary-ousted Utah Republican Bob Bennet has said he will vote for it), the Democrats face the prospect of losing another seven senators who voted against the bill in 2007. That would bring them down to 50 votes and one GOP vote — and it looks like the other 41 GOP senators plan to honor their pledge to not pass any other legislation until the Bush tax cuts are extended.

UPDATE II: Of the eight Republicans, only two (Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both of Florida) will be in Congress next session. Reps. Joseph Cao of Louisiana and Charles Djou of Hawaii were defeated in the general election, while Reps. Vern Ehlers of Michigan, Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, and Mike Castle of Delaware will retire after this session. Rep. Bob Inglis of South Carolina lost in the primary to federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy, who went on to win the general election.

(*Correction: I originally wrote 29 Democrats.)

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