AILA Doc No. 10120166 | Dated December 18, 2010
On 12/16/10, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on the DREAM Act (H.R. 5281) setting the bill up for the critical cloture vote in the Senate expected for Saturday, December 18. The Senate will need 60 votes for the DREAM Act to move forward.
This is the vote we've all been waiting for. With only days left in the lame duck session of Congress, there won't be another chance. You must continue making calls and sending emails to all Senators to urge them to vote "yes" on DREAM when the Senate brings it up for a vote.
All congressional offices should be contacted, but if you live in these states, we REALLY need your support because one of your Senators is a SWING VOTE on DREAM!ALASKA: Murkowski
On 12/9/10, the Senate decided to shift its focus to the House-passed version of the DREAM Act (H.R. 6497) and withdrew consideration of S.3992 by a 59-40 vote. We now expect the Senate to take up H.R. 6497 within the next several days - likely after the tax cuts and other big issues get addressed.
In the meantime, you must continue making calls and sending emails to all Senators to urge them to vote "yes" on DREAM when the Senate brings it up for a vote. Second, contact your Representative and thank or "spank" them for their vote last night on the DREAM Act.
The Senate is expected to vote on the DREAM Act Thursday morning. The Senate, by agreement, postponed their vote to ensure that the House could complete its vote.
On 12/8/10, a new version of the DREAM Act was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6497) by Rep. Berman (D-CA).
The bill contains numerous changes from the latest version of the DREAM Act introduced in the Senate (S.3992). For more information on the main differences between H.R. 6497 and S. 3992, read AILA’s analysis.
Shortly after its introduction, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for H.R. 6497, which showed that the bill would reduce deficits by about $2.2 billion over the 2011-2020 period. For the purposes of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (Pay-Go), the bill would decrease deficits by $4 million over the same period.
We expect votes on the DREAM Act to take place today, but the timing remains extremely fluid at this point.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed for cloture on the DREAM Act (S.3992) the fifth version of the DREAM Act introduced in the Senate during the 111th Congress, setting DREAM up for a vote by Wednesday, December 8th. Now more than ever, we need you to call or email your senators and representatives and urge them to vote for DREAM.
On 11/30/10, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a new version of the DREAM Act (S.3992) with the aim of attracting broader support for DREAM to get the requisite 60 votes to pass the Senate during the current "lame duck" session of Congress.
The earliest Reid could file a cloture motion on the new bill would be this coming Thursday, December 2nd. After waiting out the requisite 30 hours post-cloture, it could "ripen" over the weekend, and effectively come up for a vote on Monday, December 6th at the earliest.
The new version addresses many of the concerns raised by Republicans and tightens the restrictions on eligibility in several respects. Among other changes, the new version does the following:
BUT, in order for the DREAM Act to pass we must keep the pressure on Members of Congress. It's more important than ever that you take action TODAY by writing and calling your member of Congress and urging them to support this common-sense and urgently needed immigration measure.
For more information, see AILA's talking points on the DREAM Act.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 10120166.