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September 1, 2015

Reid: 60 Votes on Immigration ‘Pretty Easy’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he thinks there will be no trouble getting the all-important 60 votes for the immigration overhaul.

“I think we have 60 votes. Remember, we start out at 55 Democrats. I think the most I’ll lose is two or three. Let’s say I wind up with 52 Democrats,” Reid told the Nevada TV program “To the Point.”

“I only need eight Republicans, and I already have four, so that should be pretty easy,” the Nevada Democrat said in reference to the four GOP senators in the “gang of eight” that drafted the bill. He may very well pick up the vote of his Republican junior colleague from his home state, Dean Heller, as well.

As reported by the Las Vegas Sun, Reid was asked about the vote-counting during the interview,  after Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey told Univision last week that supporters didn’t yet have the 60 votes that will no doubt be needed to overcome an anticipated filibuster on the Senate floor.

“I talked about this to a number of my senators today, and what [Menendez] wanted to say is they haven’t done a whip count on this yet,” Reid told “To the Point” as part of a lengthy interview that also included more talk about changing the filibuster rules.

Whenever Reid wants to move on immigration, the bill itself is officially ready to go. Final legislative text of the measure was posted Tuesday, building in the amendments adopted during the Judiciary Committee’s extensive markup.

Reid told reporters last week that the immigration overhaul is one of the first items in line after the farm bill that’s pending on the Senate floor. The farm policy measure is expected to be finished the week the Senate returns from the Memorial Day break.

The process undertaken by Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., won accolades from both sides of the aisle, even from some quarters opposing the underlying legislation drafted by the bipartisan “gang of eight” senators.

One Republican who doesn’t sit on the Judiciary panel who seems inclined to support the final legislation is Heller. In case you missed the Sunday edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Heller had an opinion piece that spoke favorably of the process so far.

“In order for immigration reform legislation to be successful, it must continue through Congress with an open process. These past several weeks, I have been able to work with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other senators involved in this important bill, and we are finding ways to make this legislation even better,” Heller wrote. “I am hopeful that this same pattern of transparency and openness will continue as Members debate the legislation on the Senate floor.”

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  1. Larry Launer

    May 28, 2013
    8:02 p.m.

    Heller will be a one termer if he supports this

    • Ubi Panis

      May 28, 2013
      8:55 p.m.

      He almost didn’t get elected due to minority opposition to Republicans. Dean Heller has seen the future in his own state. Armchair strategists such as yourself oughta look at the ground reality. You can’t ignore a dozen million people and the pleas of their citizen friends and family members and then hope to win.

      • Chillycat2

        May 29, 2013
        9:42 a.m.

        Please explain why America or American taxpayers OWE these foreign citizens ANYTHING!!!! So basically your premise is if you can sneak into our country and stay and break our laws we OWE you welfare, food, housing, and education healthcare and citizenship so that you can then vote yourself MORE money from American citizens….that’s your premise right…!?!?!

      • robust

        May 29, 2013
        11:32 a.m.

        Why Heller didn’t get their friends votes and he won!

    • Jay T.

      May 29, 2013
      12:33 a.m.

      Heller only was elected by 12,100 votes. So he will be a one termer anyway regardless of his vote. Nevada is very competitive. The thing that really hurt in the most recent election was 3rd party candidates within the some of the races in the state.

  2. Forums4Justice

    May 29, 2013
    12:56 a.m.

    Let’s each do ourselves a big favor ….

    Let’s make Harry Reid eat his words

  3. BillBissenas

    May 29, 2013
    9:21 a.m.

    Let the buying of votes begin!

  4. JustJPs

    May 29, 2013
    9:52 a.m.

    Dream on harry

  5. Cranthorp

    May 29, 2013
    9:57 a.m.

    Sure, Har, I’ll vote for it — how mucha gonna give me.

  6. TB rickert

    May 29, 2013
    10:40 a.m.

    I guess he hasn’t spoken to Menendez

  7. GoldBeachBiker

    May 29, 2013
    11:21 a.m.

    Message to Prince Harry: You’ll need 70 plus to get the House to “consider” your feckless bill. Guarantee control of the border as a PREREQUISITE before any further consideration is possible. Also, 2014, buh, bye!

  8. gekkobear

    May 29, 2013
    11:55 a.m.

    So how many kickbacks and amendments to buy votes are you going to need to add this time to get to 60 Reid?

    What? that isn’t what we call it when you buy votes? Why not?

    And good luck in the House; they’re going to want security first; not security as a pretense that never gets done.. again.

    I’m not sure that a compromise bill there will be something you’d support.

  9. jskdn

    May 29, 2013
    2:07 p.m.

    55 in the Democrat caucus and half the gang of 8: that leave 1 to get out of 41. Make Republicans interests pay with a massive amnesty tax if they don’t stop this bill. It’s all they really care about.

  10. Esmerelda Kerr

    May 29, 2013
    5:30 p.m.

    The House HAS to kill this bill as it was written by the Senate.

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