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August 4, 2015

Menendez: Filibuster-Proof Majority not ‘Identified’ for Immigration Bill

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez tells Univision that the “gang of eight” senators working on an immigration overhaul don’t yet have 60 votes.

“We don’t currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate,” Menendez said, according to Univision’s translation of the interview, which will air Sunday.

Menendez was calling on supporters of the immigration overhaul to get in touch with their senators.

“The community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform, that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote,” Menendez told Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “And if we do this, both in the Senate and, later, with the members of the House of Representatives, we can achieve the victory that we want.”

Menendez may simply be saying that the supporters of the “gang of eight” package haven’t conducted a formal whip count, rather than that they need to change the bill to get over a filibuster hurdle.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the immigration package 13-5 on Tuesday, setting the stage for floor consideration after the Memorial Day recess. Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., discussed the immigration bill at a news conference on Friday in Vermont, The Associated Press reported.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled Thursday that the immigration measure would be either the second or third legislative item on the Senate’s agenda for June. First, senators will resume consideration of the farm bill. Then, Reid said there may be time to turn to what he termed a “little energy bill” before tackling immigration.

That’s most likely a bipartisan energy efficiency measure drafted by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Reid did say no other controversial bills would hit the floor before the immigration package.

“I’m not going to do anything to interfere with the immigration bill,” Reid told reporters Thursday. “I’ve spent a lot of my legislative life dealing with this issue. For me it is an extremely important issue personally and each day that goes by I become more convinced.”

Humberto Sanchez contributed to this report.

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  1. Larry Launer

    May 24, 2013
    6:43 p.m.

    And we need to make sure they never get 60 votes , call your senators , stop this garbage now , join numbersusa , join fair , join alipak , kill this garbage asap

    • James Adams

      May 28, 2013
      6:21 a.m.

      agreed larry…numbersusa represents millions…the senate only represents israeli jew billionaires

  2. DrGeneNelson

    May 26, 2013
    11:20 a.m.

    The S. 744 amnesty proposal needs to be soundly defeated, despite its advocates spending around $1.5 billion in promoting it. I believe that some of the most harmful portions of the bill are the provisions granting unlimited “green cards” to foreign students who earn STEM master’s or Ph.D. degrees. There are no quality standards. If passed, this bill will turn many taxpayer-supported colleges and universities into “diploma mills.” NumbersUSA has powerful no-cost citizen empowerment tools to communicate your opposition to S. 744 to our Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC.

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    Let’s hope the House in its wisdom will pass legislation that

    (a) extends E-Verification for use by employers large and small, with employees
    present and prospective across the nation, and encourage thought of
    self-repatriation among illegals thus rendered unemployable,

    (b) mandates cooperation among all agencies concerned with enforcement of
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    (c) provides for development of procedures designed for network use in keeping track of foreign nationals resident in the nation–procedures not now
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    Legislation along the lines outlined above would reflect a signal victory of mind, legality and constitution against the force of Dirksen’s Inequality–which clearly has proved too much for proponents of rewarding illegal immigrants by a grant of citizenship,

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