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Saturday May 25, 2013

Problem:  Not Enough Yes Votes in Senate for Immigration Reform to Pass

Problem:  Not Enough Yes Votes in Senate for Immigration Reform to Pass

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One of immigration reforms leading voices and U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez, says there are not enough yes votes for the immigration bill to pass the Senate right now.

The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 13-5 and bipartisan support.  The next step for comprehensive immigration reform is a majority vote by the U.S. Senate.

Menendez and others are saying the bill doesn’t have the 60 votes its needs to pass.  The debate period for the bill will start sometime around June 10th and the bill’s sponsors known as the “Gang of Eight” will be working on securing the necessary votes.

In an interview on the Univision network show “Al Punto” Menendez pointed out that
“At this moment we have not found 60 votes in the Senate.” “We still need more votes in the chamber.”

Menendez, in the Spanish-language interview, urged Latinos to reach out to their U.S. Senators and urge them to vote yes for the measure.  Various political polls show an overwhelming majority of Hispanics in support of comprehensive immigration reform and the issue has been identified as key for the Latino voting bloc.

Even if the bill passes the Senate it faces a tough fight in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.