Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the immigration bill from the Senate floor Friday night.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush considers it premature to declare the immigration reform bill dead in the Senate, White House adviser Dan Bartlett said Friday.
A motion to cut off debate on the measure failed Thursday night, stopping the proposal from coming up for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had said earlier that if the motion was not approved, it would be "over with ... gone."
But Bartlett told CNN that Bush wants Reid to consider putting the bill back on the table.
Bartlett was asked about the bill - one of the president's top legislative priorities - as Bush prepared to leave the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, for Poland.
The procedural motion to cut off debate and move toward a vote on the bill drew only 45 votes in favor, well short of the 60 required for passage under Senate rules. Fifty senators voted against the motion.
Reid, D-Nevada, had said that if it failed he would pull the bill from the floor to let the Senate proceed to other issues.