By an 82-15 vote, that measure passes. Which means we likely will see and hear much rhetoric on the issue before the desired result of an actual vote on the matter before Independence Day (when Congress members hope to be back in their home districts celebrating their image of patriotism).
THAT VOTE DOES not mean the issue is going to pass. Many of the “ayes” were just to have debate. Which means some will revert to “nay” in opposition of the issue itself. Whether there will even be the 60 percent support required to have a final vote is in question.
But we should note that figure of “15.” Those are the people who, for whatever reason, are opposed enough that they don’t want the issue debated. They’d rather move on to something else.
Call them the hard-core, if you will. Or perhaps you have some choice obscenity you could direct in their attention.
But for the record, these individuals are the ones whom history will record as being the opposition (although I find it interesting that my own senator, Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is saying he could be swayed to support immigration reform if even MORE gestures toward border barricades and enforcement were made instead of emphasizing keeping people in this country – which is the reason that the reform measure is needed in the first place.
SO ACCORDING TO the Senate, these are the 15 – all of the GOP political persuasion:
· John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
· John Boozman, R-Ark.
· Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.
· Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
· Michael Enzi, R-Wyo.
· Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
· James Inhofe, R-Okla.
· Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
· Mike Lee, R-Utah.
· James Risch, R-Idaho.
· Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
· Tim Scott, R-S.C.
· Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
· Richard Shelby, R-Ala.
· David Vitter, R-La.
Also catching my attention was the fact that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., among the "Gang of Eight" who helped craft the immigration reform compromise plan that is now being considered in bill form by the Senate was among the three senators who managed to miss the vote that was taken Tuesday.
The other seven (Michael Bennett, D-Colo.; Richard Durbin, D-Ill.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.) all voted for it, with Schumer being the bill’s primary sponsor.