June 25th, 2007
06:45 PM ET
9 years ago

White House 'optimistic' about immigration bill

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

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  1. Fabio Escobar, Amherst NY

    Here's a case where I would like to know how this story was created. Did the source call the correspondent, or was it the other way around?

    I want to know this because there's obviously some strategic purpose to this story. Someone in the White House wants to float this story in order to accomplish something. Otherwise, no one would be speaking on the record about it.

    Don't reporters at least sometimes have a responsibility to take us behind the story in order to give us the real story? There's a fine line there, no doubt.

    June 26, 2007 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  2. Amy - Cedar Grove, TN

    Is it so hard for this bone-headed Congress to comprehend that America doesn't need a 'new immigration bill'? We need to enforce the existing laws, not slap on new ones that won't be obeyed either! The criminals in this country illegally are laughing at Washington, and have been since the last amnesty fiasco. Secure the borders like you promised to get elected guys, and then squabble about new bills that will mean absolutely nothing. Gee, it must feel nice to have the public believe in you so strongly. Sheesh.

    June 26, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Wayne Rose, Johnson City, TN

    Make sure that everyone keeps in touch with their Congressmen and Senators. They may or may not listen, but at least we can let them all know what we think, and what could happen next election.

    June 26, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |