Another cloture vote on the immigration bill has failed decisively on a 45-50 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against cloture, which would permit more debate and further amendments. Based on Harry Reid’s statements, this may mean that the measure is dead for this year.
If so, this represents a major victory for the conservative grass roots. There is no doubt that immigration needs Congressional attention, but it is far from clear that a grand, comprehensive compromise is the way to go. In practice, that approach is basically an excuse for slipping key provisions into the bill that the political class wants, but the American people do not. Perhaps if specific immigration-related measures are voted on individually, we can have both more accountability and better policy.
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