Watch U.S. Senate live now on C-Span considering the DREAM Actby Carolyn Classen on Dec. 18, 2010, under Life, Politics
U.S. Senator Majority Whip Democratic Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) just spoke in favor on the Dream Act. Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) just spoke against it. Lastly Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) spoke in favor of it.
U.S.Senate voting right now, stay tuned for results. 60 votes needed for passage on cloture vote.
Debate started at 10 a.m. EST in the 100 member U.S. Senate.
The Dream Act (H.R. 5281) passed the U. S. House of Representatives on December 8, by a close vote of 216 to 198.
The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship to young people under 30 years old who illegally came to this country with their parents (under the age of 16), by attending college or serving in the U.S. military for 2 years. The bill requires people applying for DREAM Act status to pay a $525 fee and an additional $2,000 fee is required after five years.