Senate Will Pass Immigration Bill By Friday

June 27, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a vote to cut off the debate (cloture) on the immigration bill for around noon tomorrow.

If cloture is invoked opponents will be allowed up to 30 hours to debate, meaning that the vote will come by Friday at the latest.

I was informed that the bill will likely pass sometime tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the chances that an immigration bill will pass the House are slight. Republican Speaker John Boehner said he will not bring up an immigration bill for a vote unless he is sure that a majority of the 234 Republicans support it.

It's clear that a majority of House members will not support the Senate bill. Still, no House bill has been revealed even after many false starts and promises that one would be introduced.

In poll after poll a majority of the American public has supported immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Too bad so many House members are deaf.

At least one immigration debate has been silenced. Today's Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act means that U.S. citizens may petition for their same sex partners to get green cards.