WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House is hopeful that the Senate will have the requisite 60 votes to begin the process of debating the immigration bill.
“We’re optimistic the 60 votes will be there,” said Assistant to the president and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Joel Kaplan. “Our intelligence suggests there will be the votes to move onto the bill to start considering amendments.”
Tuesday’s cloture vote would prevent a filibuster of the immigration bill and clear the way for debate on the 20-plus amendments that are part of it.
President Bush has been pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill and made a “bunch” of calls to Capitol Hill to rally support for the bill, according to Kaplan. Bush also dedicated his weekly radio address to the subject of immigration and has an immigration related event on Tuesday.
– CNN Congressional Correspondent Andrea Koppel