Immigration Reform Advances, 70 Votes Within Reach

by Andrew Stiles

The Senate voted 67-27 to end debate on the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the immigration reform bill, setting up a vote on final passage later this week, assuming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) declines to allow additional votes on Republican amendments. Either way, the Gang of Eight’s goal of getting 70 votes for their legislation seems to be well within reach.

Fifteen Republicans voted in favor of the amendment: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chisea (N.J.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (R., Nev.), and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.).

Not a single Democrat voted against the amendment. 

Six Senators – Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.), Brad Enzi (R., Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.), Mike Lee (R., Utah), and Mark Udall (D., Colo.) — missed the vote due to flight delays.

Of those six, Lee is the only confirmed no vote against the Gang of Eight bill. Assuming those Senators voting for cloture also intend to vote yes on final passage, which is most often the case on high-profile measures, those coveted 70 votes are almost certainly there. 

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