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DREAM Act Could be Considered by Senate Next Week

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10091400 (posted Sep. 14, 2010)"

The DREAM Act could be offered as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill being considered in the Senate next week. In a blog entry earlier this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced his intention to include the DREAM Act in the major defense bill scheduled for floor action next week. The version of the Defense Authorization bill that passed the House of Representatives in late May did not include the DREAM Act provision. If the Senate passes their version of the defense bill with the DREAM Act intact, it will still need to survive the conference committee reconciliation and then come back before each chamber for a final vote.

The DREAM Act would not be the only controversial amendment debated during action on the defense bill. A repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which would allow gay and lesbian service members to openly serve in the military, will be included in the massive bill. The repeal has already passed the House in their version of the bill. The last time the Senate voted on the DREAM Act was in 2007, as a stand-alone measure, when it came 8 votes short of overcoming a filibuster.

Participants at AILA’s Fall Conference will have the opportunity to celebrate DREAM students and the DREAM Act in San Antonio on Friday, September 24 at 2:00pm.

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