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|US Senate Punts on DREAM Act Vote|
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December 09, 2010
The Senate on Thursday punted on a DREAM Act vote after Democrats failed to advance a version that passed the House Wednesday night.
Senate Democrats hope to vote on the House-passed legislation before the lame-duck session ends this month.
"We still hope to consider it before we leave," a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Fox News.
Earlier, Reid tried to shelve a procedural vote on the legislation that would carve out a path to legalization for hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to this country illegally because he said it would be more appropriate to take up the version that cleared the House.
But Republicans refused to let him to do that. So Reid had the Senate vote on killing a motion to start debate on the bill.
Democrats always faced an uphill climb to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation over opposition by most Republicans and a handful of their own members.
The House passed the legislation Wednesday night after Democratic leaders painstakingly lined up the votes to push it through.