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Kennedy-McCain Amnesty Now “Bush’s Bill”

From the DNC’s Reuters:

Senate hands Bush major defeat on immigration

By Donna Smith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate delivered an apparently fatal blow on Thursday to President George W. Bush’s planned immigration overhaul and dashed the hopes of millions of immigrants seeking legal status.

In a crucial make or break vote that exposed deep lack of support among Bush’s own Republicans, the legislation fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed in the 100-member Senate to advance toward a final vote.

Supporters of the bill, which was the result of months of negotiations between a group of Republican and Democratic senators and the White House, were dismayed by the vote…

Bush has sought an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws for years and this bill may have been his last chance for a significant domestic legislative victory before leaving office at the end of his second term in January 2009.

Bush made clear he was moving on from immigration to other issues like balancing the federal budget. “A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn’t find common ground (on immigration), it didn’t work,” Bush said in a stop at the Naval War College in Rhode Island.

The president was unable to overcome fierce opposition from fellow Republicans who said it was an amnesty for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country and would do little to stem illegal immigration.

Even the promise of an additional $4.4 billion to pay for more border security and enforcement did not quell Republican opposition….

A small sampling of other headlines:

Blow to Bush as immigration bill crashes down
Turkish Press, MI
The US Senate meted out a severe blow to President George W. Bush Thursday, blocking a landmark immigration reform seen as one of his last, best hopes for a …

Bush’s immigration reform withdrawn from Senate
Earthtimes.org 
Most Republican senators and some Democrats had long opposed Bush’s immigration proposals, which included a “guest worker” programme and – most …

US Senate Blocks Major Immigration Reform in Defeat for Bush
Voice of America 
By VOA News The US Senate has blocked a major immigration reform bill that was strongly backed by President Bush and would have given legal status to some …

US Senate hands Bush major defeat on immigration
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates 
WASHINGTON – The US Senate delivered an apparently fatal blow on Thursday to President George W. Bush’s planned immigration overhaul and dashed the hopes of …

Senate blocks Bush’s immigration bill
Cincinnati Post, OH 
The vote was a stinging setback for Bush, who advocated the bill as an imperfect but necessary fix of current immigration practices in which many illegal …

Gee, it seems like only yesterday this Kennedy-McCain legislation was being called “bi-partisan” by our watchdog media.

What happened?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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