The Corner

DREAM Needs GOP Votes to Pass

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.”

Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) has publicly stated he will support the DREAM Act again, telling The Hill, “If Harry Reid brings it to the floor as a standalone bill, I will vote for it.”

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.

Seven current Senate Democrats did not support the DREAM Act in 2007, making gaining GOP votes crucial to succeed in passing the measure. Majority senate leader Harry Reid (D., Nevada) filed cloture on the bill yesterday, meaning the Senate could vote on the act as soon as Wednesday. The House may vote as early as Wednesday morning, reports The Hill.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular

U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More