On Capitol Hill, Conservative Republicans in the Senate have helped deal a fatal blow to President Bush’s immigration bill.
Supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 needed to limit debate and clear the way for final passage of the bill. The bill would have legalized millions of immigrants and tougher border security.
Critics have blasted the plan saying, “it offered amnesty to illegal immigrants.”
“I’m sorry the Senate was unable to reach agreement on the bill this morning. Legal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people and Congress’ failure to act on it is a disappointment,” Senator David Vitter said. “I don’t think the message could be any clearer then this dramatic vote. The proponents where hoping to get 60 votes or more, they didn’t even get a simple majority and the message is crystal clear that the American people want us to start with enforcement both at the border and at the work place.”
Senators in both parties said it’s highly unlikely Congress will revisit it this fall or next year.