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Latino Daily News

Saturday September 25, 2010

Gutierrez Hopeful Vote on DREAM Act still Possible

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is confident that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) will bring the DREAM Act back before the Senate breaks for the fall.

“I’m really really hopeful [that the DREAM Act will come up before the end of the year],” Gutierrez told The Hill after the measure stalled in the Senate this week. “I’m happy that the senators have used the procedural rule 14. Their clear intent is to give it another try. When? That’s up to them.

I’m very proud of Reid. I just re-enlisted for another long weekend, Saturday through Tuesday, in Nevada for the middle of October because you’ve got to go help him.”

Reid currently leads his Tea Party Challenger Sharon Angle by only 2 points in a recent Reuter’s poll.

“The White House helped. I think they did. When we were with the president we were thinking 54 or 55 [votes in favor of the bill], but we got 57,” Gutierrez said. “I kept saying that we had to have at least 55, so that they could proceed. This close to an election. Knowing that the DREAM Act is going to come up. That’s 57 Democrats that say let’s move it on.”

There is a Senate Rule that allows a bill, with two-day notice, to be brought to the chambers floor for consideration at any time. Gutierrez has suggested that the Senate hold an up or down vote on the measure alone instead of attaching it to an existing bill.