"...many Republicans supported the bill." Time to make a list and check it twice... once now, and once on election day. Democrats and RINOs have been trying to cut off debate so the bill could advance to an eventual vote in the Senate. Today they succeeded, bringing the bill one step closer to being passed by the Senate. If 64 people voted to end debate, it's very likely that at least 51 will vote to pass the bill in the Senate. Last year, a bill like this one (S.2611) was passed by the Senate, and went to the House where it was bottled up in committee by majority Republicans. This year, those Republicans are in a minority. Do the math. And Bush has said he will sign a bill like this if it comes to his desk. Sounds to me like the illegal aliens have just gotten their second amnesty. The first was in 1986, covering some 1.3 million illegal aliens. Back then, Ted Kennedy assured us that it would be the last amnesty, that they would never grant another. This time it's around 15 million, and Kennedy has been the leading proponent of its passage. In 2006, we, the American people, voted Democrats into majorities in the Senate and House, plus a number of RINOs such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham. We are now getting the government we deserve. ------------------------------------ http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/immigration-bill-survives-key-vote-64-35-2007-06-26.html Immigration bill survives key vote 64-35 By Klaus Marre June 26, 2007 The comprehensive immigration reform bill survived a crucial procedural vote Tuesday and took a large step toward Senate passage. The push for the bipartisan legislation, which is backed by President Bush, appeared to be stalled earlier this month. But a compromise was reached after the bill was pulled following a failed cloture vote on June 7 and breathed new life into the effort. At the time, supporters of the bill were 15 votes shy of forcing to end debate. Several Republican proponents of the legislation withheld their support, demanding that more time be granted to consider the measure. It was a different story today, when 64 senators, including many Republicans, supported the bill. GOP opponents of the measure had claimed that support for the bill was eroding and had hoped that enough former supporters would change their minds to get to the necessary 41 votes to stop the legislation. However, the tenuous coalition that has so far held the compromise together survived its most serious test yet. However, several amendments remain, both from conservatives and liberals, that could prevent Senate passage.