Dream Act dead because a majority isn’t a majority in the US Senateby Hugh Holub on Dec. 18, 2010, under border issues, politics
From the New York Times….
The Senate on Saturday blocked a bill that would create a path to citizenship for certain illegal immigrant students who came to the United States as children, completed two years of college or military service and met other requirements including passing a criminal background check. The vote, 55-41 in favor of the bill, effectively kills the measure for this year, and its fate beyond that is uncertain.
Five Democrats voted against allowing debate on the Dream Act: Max Baucus of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Jon Tester of Montana.
The Washington Post reports that part of the failure of the Dream Act was due to a strategy by the Obama Adminisration to step up enforcement of immigration laws and increase deportations in the hopes this would buy Republican support. It didn’t.
Now…how is it that the vote was 55 to 41 but the Dream Act failed? Because under Senate rules one needs 60 votes to block a filibuster.
So even if there is a majority in the Senate, because of Senate rules, the majority has to be 60 which is not in the US Constitution.
The Senate filibuster rule and 60 vote requirement makes a sham of democracy and empowers the minority to block the majority.
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