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Moot Point? Votes Don't Seem There For Immigration Anyway


Other Republican yes votes aren't clearly there anymore. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a yes vote in 2006, said on Fox News Sunday this weekend there is no appetite for passing immigration this year. Will Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) really vote again to support the issue?

Of the Republican no votes, six were replaced by Democrats. Senate vote-counters had better keep an eye on those folks if they want to make this happen. And where do new Democratic Sens. Jim Webb (VA), Mark Warner (VA), Jon Tester (MT) and Mark Begich (AK) stand on immigration? That's a key question to learn the potential for success if a new immigration effort is mounted in earnest.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday there are "only 59 of us," and said he wants bipartisan legislation to reach the floor. Graham (R-SC) warned that any reform would fall apart without Republican support.

"I bet you everything I own, if you bring it up in this environment, not having done anything that is going to reassure the American public that we won't have 20 million more [illegal immigrants], that you're going to crash and burn, and that [if] immigration comes up this year, it is absolutely devastating to the future of this issue," he said, according to The Washington Times.