Senator warns 60 votes not secured for immigration reform
May 25th, 2013
10:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Senator warns 60 votes not secured for immigration reform

(CNN) - One of the Gang of Eight senators who negotiated an immigration deal headed to the Senate floor says the bill does not yet have support to overcome a potential filibuster.

"At this moment we have not found 60 votes in the Senate," Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, said in an interview on the Spanish-language network Univision that was translated by CNN. "We still need more votes in the chamber."

The immigration legislation passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with support from 10 Democrats and three Republicans, including Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, two other members of the Gang of Eight. After months of backroom crafting by the four Democrats and four Republicans in the informal group, as well as negotiations with labor and other groups, the committee considered some 300 amendments and rejected several which some senators considered poison pills that would doom the bill.

It was important that the committee kept largely intact the product of their negotiations, Menendez said in the interview, but he said much needed to be done before the bill could pass the full Senate, where he indicated debate will likely begin on June 10.

He hoped a significant margin in the Senate would put pressure on the GOP-led House to sign on. A separate bipartisan effort has been under way there and appears to have survived a dispute over how undocumented immigrants' health care costs would be covered.

Members of both parties want to see immigration legislation pass this year, and the effort has the support of President Barack Obama and the Democratic and Republican Senate leaders.

Neither party, however, has enough to overcome a Senate filibuster on their own.

In a statement after the committee vote, Menendez wrote that the legislation faces "a long road and our work is far from done."

As written now, the bill would create a 13-year path to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Univision said the interview will air Sunday on the network's "Al Punto" program.

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    These idiots in the picture are very Pathetic to USA, we need infrastructure–third world nations are improving infrastructure–why on earth on WARS?? Why not pour money on infrastructure, GREEN energy? Idiots need to be removed from senate.

    May 25, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    An Illegal can probably go back to his home country, apply for and receive citizenship before this bill gets finalized.

    May 25, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Good! I don't care if Republicans suddenly feel the need to court Latino voters. And let's face it: the only reason there has been any movement on immigration is because Obama beat Romney by 44 percentage points among Latinos last year. Fear of political extinction is what's driving this from the GOP side. Boo-hoo-hoo. Meanwhile, this bill stinks. (Read the provisions to discover why.) Hope it fails.

    May 25, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop doesn't really support imagration ,they just want their votes !!!

    May 25, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. ST

    GOP should understand that either they pass the Immigration Reform or the whole Party get prepared for a natural death in politics. If they think they lost election in 2012, they better wait to see the 2014 mid-term outcome and far beyond, how it will turn into. This is a very pressing issue (Immigration) and GOP should not gamble with it.

    May 25, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. anand

    hi hope so god give u brain to thing all of u , if this bill dint not pass then america will not be world power right now china is 1 , america 2 , india 3 , if this will not pass then we will not count in top 5 either , just think god bless all people

    May 25, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    There should NOT BE any "reform" until our border is closed, and our laws are enforced by our own government, who are making a mockery of our existing laws!

    May 25, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. escobar

    its hard to accept facts that hardworking people are those who hide in the shadow...who serves people who think they are piece of nothing...republicans are doomed party,,,be sure to kill the bill ,,,,,and see the result later,,,

    May 25, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Name mitt romney

    What about self deporting?

    May 25, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Betty

    Common senators don't waste time & money on unnecessary amendments, just focus on the illegal immigrants situation here because you accept it or not, they are here already and have been living here and growing their families among-st us – get it done dudes.

    May 25, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. BriGuy

    What Do Three Presidents Have In Common?
    If only this would happen today, things could be much better.

    What did Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower have in common?

    This is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn't know of this until it was pointed out to me.
    Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.

    Harry Truman deported over two million Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.

    In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican Nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback'. It was done so WWII and Korean Veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!

    Now...if they could deport the illegal's back then – they could sure do it today. lf you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself.

    Reminder: Don't forget to pay your taxes...12 million Illegal Aliens are depending on you

    May 25, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Larry L

    We need a National I.D. Card required for receivement of a paycheck, buying a home, paying taxes, getting healthcare, buying a car, paying rent, or getting a phone, computer, cable tv, electricity or gas service. The card could be magnetically coded to show immigration status, Social Security requirements, and eligibility for healthcare, welfare, food stamps, or educational benefits. Without the card living in the United States illegally would be quite difficult. The technology is available to make a very challenging card to duplicate and use.

    May 25, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Michigan patriot

    I will contact my representative to let him know how I feel about this charade. What part of illegal they don't understand?
    Secure our borders first, then we can start talking.

    May 25, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Perplexed

    Why other than trying to get their eventual votes do we need more immigrants, especially illegal immigrants in our country when our citizens, especially our new college graduates, low skill young people and African-American population have very high unemployment numbers. What is the point? Yes, illegals want reform, citizenship, and every right an American has, who wouldn't, millions of people from all 3rd world countries would love to come and stay but why are we pushing for it? I need answers so please help me with this issue. I keep hearing that they do work that American's don't want to do, but they are lowering the pay scale which is making it difficult for American citizens in many industries. I for one am praying that the reform bill does not pass. Let's get our citizens educated and employed before we worry about illegals.

    May 25, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. g

    china putting billions into infrastructure,thanks to america consumers -

    May 25, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. david bidlack

    really! that would be a first. the "irrelevant" GOP requires that you don't think but instead do what your told and how your told to vote. filibusters . scandals and doing nothing is the battle cry of the new "irrelevant" GOP!!!!!!!! the voters will finish the correction they started in 2012 in 2014.. good bye GOP!

    May 25, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. david bidlack

    Linsey Graham thinks he is a movie star ! his goal everyday is to find a way to get in front of a camera! does he even know that he and his states bores the heck out of the rest of the country. i saw their last election i guess its all right to cheat on your wife and use tax dollars to do so. Bible belt moral southern red states ! give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. jfrebello

    The bill is sham and the politicians who would support such bil are no friend to the U.S.

    May 25, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |