Politics Cruz only senator to vote against moving to immigration debate

03:21  13 february  2018
03:21  13 february  2018 Source:   The Hill

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Cruz voted against final passage of Trade Promotion Authority bill, H.R. 2146. Senator Cruz has taken no action to reduce the rewarding of illegal immigration by giving citizenship to anchor babies. After a series of 4 failed attempts to invoke cloture and move to debate on H.R. 240 (the

Cruz led the fight to force a Senate vote on Obama’s immigration plans, as a condition of approving a massive, .1 “He is going to an embarrassing length to tie up the floor to obstruct debate and a vote on this issue because he But five Democrats also voted against moving to the bill, including Sen .

Ted Cruz wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator to oppose moving toward an immigration fight on the Senate floor.

Senators voted 97-1 on ending debate over whether or not to take up the House-passed bill being used as a vehicle for the Senate's debate.

A spokesman for Cruz didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about why the conservative firebrand voted "no."

But the Texas Republican has frequently said he does not believe so-called Dreamers -immigrants brought into the country illegally as children - should be given a path to citizenship.

The Senate is expected to officially start its immigration debate as soon as Tuesday, with senators from both parties expected to propose a wide array of proposals.

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But when it came time for Reid to cobble together the necessary 60 votes to move toward final passage, only 46 senators backed the motion. All three voted to start debate on immigration reform, then voted against ending the debate — effectively killing the bill.

Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill. The legislation will also have to overcome the threat of a final 60-vote filibuster.

It's unclear what, if any, proposal will be able to pass the Senate, much less the more conservative House and White House.

A group of GOP senators introduced the president's proposed framework as an amendment on Monday.

The measure would give 1.8 million immigrants brought into the country illegally as children a path to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion in border security and changes to legal immigration.

But it appears unlikely to get 60 votes, which would include the support of at least nine Democratic senators.

Trump kicked the immigration fight to Congress last year when the administration announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school.

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