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06/28/07--Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a news conference after comprehensive immigration legislation, President Bush's top domestic priority this year, suffered a devastating blow in the Senate Thursday that may prove to be the death knell for the bill in the 110th Congress. All of the Senators pictured voted for cloture. On a 46-53 vote, the Senate failed to invoke cloture and limit debate on the bill (S 1639). It was the second time this month that backers of the legislation proved unable to muster the 60 votes needed to surmount opposition from conservative Republicans and a mixed group of liberals and Democrats representing more generally GOP states. Indeed, the effort picked up only one new vote since June 7, when an effort to limit debate on an earlier version of the bill (S 1348) failed by 45-50. This time around, 12 Republicans, 33 Democrats and one independent voted to limit debate, while 37 Republicans, 15 Democrats and one independent voted "no." The future now appears bleak for any comprehensive immigration overhaul in the remaining 18 months of the current Congress, although senators from both sides indicated that narrower, targeted bills could still advance. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

06/28/07--Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a news conference after comprehensive immigration legislation, President Bush's top domestic priority this year, suffered a devastating blow in the Senate Thursday that may prove to be the death knell for the bill in the 110th Congress. All of the Senators pictured voted for cloture. On a 46-53 vote, the Senate...
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