Photo: Reid and Durbin
Harry Reid’s Spokesman. Jim Manley has said that the Senate Majority leader plans to forge ahead with a vote on the DREAM Act this session. “We intend to have a vote,” Manley said. “We’re still trying to figure out when.”
The tax cut extension bill passed in the Senate last week has been taking center stage this week in the Congress. Republicans have threatened to filibuster on the DREAM Act, refusing to vote on anything until the tax vote is approved in both houses.
Tonight, advocates around the nation plan to have a “telephonic town hall” to help keep up momentum for the DREAM Act, said Katherine Vargas, press secretary for the National Immigration Forum in Washington D.C.
“We’re expecting a vote in the Senate this week, given the victory in the House last week,” Vargas said. “If they have a vote on cloture on Thursday, then they could be ready to vote next week.”
Faith leaders from various states were in Washington D.C. today, visiting congressional offices and trying to drum up support for a Senate passage of the DREAM Act.
“Activists will continue to push,” Vargas said.
What can we do? CONTACT THESE REPUBLICAN HOLDOUTS NOW!
Republicans still holding out
Between now and the upcoming Senate vote, we must get at least four Republican senators to commit on the Dream Act. Make the following calls:
“I urge [Senator …] to vote Yea on the Dream Act.”
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Dial (202) 224-6521
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
Dial (202) 224-2523
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Dial (202) 224-6665
Sen. Bennett of Utah and Sen. Lugar of Indiana have already expressed their willingness to vote Yea on the Dream Act:
“I thank [Senator …] for supporting the Dream Act and want to remind him to vote Yea on the bill.”
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Dial (202) 224-5444
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Dial (202) 224-4814