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Senate Immigration Bill Fails to Overcome Major Hurdle: Congressman Aderholt Praises Action, Looks for Action to Secure the Border

June 28, 2007
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture that would have allowed a final vote on a bill seeking comprehensive immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) immediately pulled the bill from the Senate floor following the vote and it is unclear when or even if it will again be considered.

“This is a major victory for everyone who believes that our nation’s borders must first be secure before we consider other aspects of immigration reform,” said Congressman Aderholt. “For some time it’s appeared that the Senate was pursuing action that was unfavorable to many, including a vast majority of those I represent.”

The 53-46 vote was short of the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill and move to a final vote. Following the vote, Senator Reid pulled the bill from consideration. Under Senate rules, he can bring it back to the floor at any time but such action appears unlikely until he has 60 votes to end debate.

“I’d like to thank Senators Sessions and Shelby for their efforts to defeat this bill in the Senate. I believe this legislation raised serious questions about amnesty for illegal immigrants that the nation isn’t prepared to answer at this time,” Congressman Aderholt added.

Congressman Aderholt concluded, “I hear time and time again from constituents that they hope Congress will take this opportunity to really address the problem of illegal immigration by securing our borders first, not by securing amnesty for those who are here illegally.”