The future now appears bleak for any immigration overhaul legislation in the remaining 18 months of the current Congress.
Refusal to invoke cloture now means “the bill is dead for this year,”
Arlen Specter, R-Pa., warned before the vote. And with elections looming next year, it will not return before 2009, he predicted.
Harry Reid, D-Nev., did not go that far. “This is a legislative issue,” he said. “It will come back. It’s only a question of when.”
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