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First Poison Pill Fails in Senate

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Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley argued to amend the S.744 triggers to postpone the initial RPI legalization phase until border security is achieved. That was obviously going to be unacceptable to Democrats. Five Republicans (the four in the Gang of Eight as well as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski) joined 52 Democrats in defeating the Grassley proposal. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin voted with the rest of the Republicans.There have now been 103 amendments published on Thomas. There was a kerfuffle between Majority Leader Reid and Senator Grassley over Reid's decision to require a 60 vote majority for amendments. That's likely to kill most of the poison pill amendments. It will also likely mean that liberal amendments on issues like guns and rights for LGBT individuals will also fail.


The other news of the day yesterday that's worth noting is that House Republicans will have a meeting on immigration on July 10th. That seems to be a little later than makes sense if the goal is to get legislation through the Judiciary Committee and done on the House floor by the end of the month. But we shall see.

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  1. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    CIR 2014 not 2013.
  2. Jack's Avatar
    "That was obviously going to be unacceptable to Democrats."

    Heaven forbid anything preventive be done before. That's so...logical. You've heard of "enforcement first?" Democratic rallying cry: "Legalization first! Then who cares?" LOL. It's obvious why Democrats want the cart before the horse. The question is why was such an obviously flawed and proven to fail structure acceptable to Rubio, McCain, Graham, and Flake? Maybe the latter three don't care how it makes them look but Rubio apparently realizes he went too far in giving away the store, his spin tour wasn't fooling anyone, and now is trying to create the illusion that he's against the same bill the week before he was touting. After saying one thing in English and to Republicans, he turned around and admitted in Spanish that, "First comes the legalization." After all his tough trigger talk out of one side of his mouth, out of the other came, "It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional."

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