Maybe they are FINALLY getting the message!!!! We need to send them a message on the DREAM Act too!! Call before Saturday!-SP
At The Hill:
Democrats will move instead to two high priorities on their legislative agenda: the DREAM Act, which would grant permanent legal residency to illegal immigrants under a certain age, and a repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Democrats say nine Senate Republicans had pledged to back the bill but withdrew their support at the last moment under heavy pressure from their GOP colleagues.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) emphasized that Republicans helped put the bill together although they distanced themselves from it in recent days. He noted that Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.), the ranking Republican on the panel, worked closely together on the bill.
“Though some of my Republican colleagues in recent days have publicly distanced themselves from the idea that [their] members have a role to play in the appropriations process, nearly all of them did nothing privately to withdraw their priorities from this bill,” Reid said on the floor Thursday evening.
Republican leaders and rank-and-file members had come under fire for hundreds of earmarks they inserted in the 1,924-page spending bill.
Cochran had 281 earmarks worth $561 million, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) had 48 earmarks worth $113 million and Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander had 47 earmarks worth $75 million.
McConnell said Republicans unified to block the legislation because Reid tried to pass it in the final days of the year, giving lawmakers little time to review it.