June 07, 2007 | Vote 204

On the Cloture Motion

 
Yes 34

34

No 61

14

47

Not voting: 4

About this vote

On the Cloture Motion

This cloture vote would have moved the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 forward to an "up or down" vote on the Senate floor. But the cloture vote failed, 34 to 61, leaving the bill subject to unlimited debate and effectively killing it. The bill set forth border security measures and enforcement provisions which were seen as controversial on both sides of the aisle. The bill called for a crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants and would have required $10-15 billion in total spending, GOP aides told The Washington Post. If passed, the bill would have, “tightened border security, cracked down on the hiring of illegal immigrants and provided a path for such immigrants to stay and work legally in the United States,” reported the Washington Post. The bill also allowed for a guest-worker program to be established after five years and explicitly made it “unlawful to knowingly hire, recruit, or refer for a fee an unauthorized alien” according to the Congressional Research Service. The bill was defeated by opposition from conservative and liberal causes alike. From the Democratic side, labor unions protested the guest-worker program as a threat to American jobs. For conservatives of both parties, the path-to-citizenship provision was interpreted as "amnesty" for lawbreakers. President Bush threw his full support behind this bill, even making a rare visit to Capitol Hill in hopes of bolstering support after it appeared doomed. Despite his attempts, Bush found his major domestic initiative blocked by most members of his own party as well as a few Democrats.

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Yes
34
(34, 0, 0)
No
61
(14, 47, 0)
Not Voting
4
(3, 1, 0)
P Name State
D Akaka Daniel Akaka
HI
D Bayh Birch Bayh
IN
D Biden Joseph Biden
DE
D Bingaman Jesse Bingaman
NM
D Brown Sherrod Brown
OH
D Cantwell Maria Cantwell
WA
D Cardin Benjamin Cardin
MD
D Carper Thomas Carper
DE
D Casey Robert Casey
PA
D Clinton Hillary Clinton
NY
D Dodd Christopher Dodd
CT
D Durbin Richard Durbin
IL
D Feingold Russell Feingold
WI
D Feinstein Dianne Feinstein
CA
D Harkin Thomas Harkin
IA
D Inouye Daniel Inouye
HI
D Kennedy Edward Kennedy
MA
D Klobuchar Amy Klobuchar
MN
D Kohl Herbert Kohl
WI
D Lautenberg Frank Lautenberg
NJ
D Leahy Patrick Leahy
VT
D Lieberman Joseph Lieberman
CT
D Lincoln Blanche Lincoln
AR
D Menéndez Robert Menéndez
NJ
D Mikulski Barbara Mikulski
MD
D Murray Patty Murray
WA
D Nelson Clarence Nelson
FL
D Nelson Earl Nelson
NE
D Obama Barack Obama
IL
D Reed John Reed
RI
D Salazar Kenneth Salazar
CO
D Schumer Charles Schumer
NY
D Whitehouse Sheldon Whitehouse
RI
D Wyden Ronald Wyden
OR
P Name State
R Alexander Andrew Alexander
TN
R Allard Alan Allard
CO
D Baucus Max Baucus
MT
R Bennett Robert Bennett
UT
R Bond Christopher Bond
MO
D Boxer Barbara Boxer
CA
R Brownback Samuel Brownback
KS
R Bunning James Bunning
KY
R Burr Richard Burr
NC
D Byrd Robert Byrd
WV
R Chambliss Clarence Chambliss
GA
R Coburn Thomas Coburn
OK
R Cochran William Cochran
MS
R Coleman Norman Coleman
MN
R Collins Susan Collins
ME
D Conrad Kent Conrad
ND
R Corker Robert Corker
TN
R Cornyn John Cornyn
TX
R Craig Larry Craig
ID
R Crapo Michael Crapo
ID
R DeMint James DeMint
SC
R Dole Elizabeth Dole
NC
R Domenici Pietro Domenici
NM
D Dorgan Byron Dorgan
ND
R Ensign John Ensign
NV
R Enzi Michael Enzi
WY
R Graham Lindsey Graham
SC
R Grassley Charles Grassley
IA
R Gregg Judd Gregg
NH
R Hagel Charles Hagel
NE
R Hatch Orrin Hatch
UT
R Hutchison Kathyrn Hutchison
TX
R Inhofe James Inhofe
OK
R Isakson Johnny Isakson
GA
R Kyl Jon Kyl
AZ
D Landrieu Mary Landrieu
LA
R Lott Chester Lott
MS
R Lugar Richard Lugar
IN
R Martinez Melquiades Martinez
FL
D McCaskill Claire McCaskill
MO
R McConnell Addison McConnell
KY
R Murkowski Lisa Murkowski
AK
D Pryor Mark Pryor
AR
D Reid Harry Reid
NV
R Roberts Charles Roberts
KS
D Rockefeller John Rockefeller
WV
D Sanders Bernard Sanders
VT
R Sessions Jefferson Sessions
AL
R Shelby Richard Shelby
AL
R Smith Gordon Smith
OR
R Snowe Olympia Snowe
ME
R Specter Arlen Specter
PA
D Stabenow Deborah Stabenow
MI
R Stevens Theodore Stevens
AK
R Sununu John Sununu
NH
D Tester Jon Tester
MT
R Thune John Thune
SD
R Vitter David Vitter
LA
R Voinovich George Voinovich
OH
R Warner John Warner
VA
D Webb James Webb
VA
P Name State
D Johnson Timothy Johnson
SD
D Kerry John Kerry
MA
D Levin Carl Levin
MI
R McCain John McCain
AZ