The 100 member U.S. Senate considered the DREAM Act today and failed to pass it by a vote of 55 yes, 41 no, 4 absent. (60 votes were needed for the measure to invoke cloture, which would have concluded debate on the matter so it could proceed to a vote for or against passage.)
The DREAM Act (H.R. 5281) would have provided 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 required people applying for DREAM Act status to pay a $525 fee and an additional $2,000 fee is required after five years.
I reported on this measure when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives on December 8, by a close vote of 216 to 198.
I also wrote a follow-up blog about the 8 House Republicans who voted for it (click here).
The U.S. Senate is currently composed of 56 Democrats, 42 Republicans, and 2 Independents.
Arizona’s U.S.Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl are both Republicans, and voted against cloture today.