With Tax Bill Out of The Way, Saturday Cloture Vote on DREAM Act

Proving once more that what Wall Street wants is what Wall Street gets, the tax giveaway to the millionaires passed in the House.  However, the silver lining is that that clears the way for other matters to be taken up before congress’ lame duck session expires.  One of them is the DREAM Act, which was already passed in the House.  Via DailyKos:

In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:


As a reminder, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur with respect to HR5281, DREAM Act and on the motion to concur with respect to HR2965, DADT. The first cloture vote will occur early Saturday morning at a time to be determined.

[…] DREAM and DADT come to the Senate as House amendments to Senate amendments to House bills, which means the Senate can take them up as motions to concur. The important part of that is that once they get cloture on the motion, they’re guaranteed a yes or no vote on its passage within 30 hours. In other words, just one filibuster per bill instead of two or more. Plus, Harry Reid gets to “fill the amendment tree,” blocking out hostile amendments, so that there’s a straight shot at the issue.

Latest whip count I hear is that we’re around 4 votes short of the total needed to get passed a potential fillibuster, which makes allowance for 5 or 6 Democrats potentially not supporting the DREAM.  Here’s National Council of la Raza’s targeted list of Senators to call; you can also use this tool from Reform Immigration for America.  Need a boost of inspiration as you make your calls?  Check out the United We Dream blog, they’re documenting DREAM Act activists’ action on the ground in DC.

Update: Marcos Moulitsas on DailyKos analyzing what consequences Republicans face on a DREAM Act vote:

So where are we with Republicans?

Those with big Latino constituencies

None of these four have said they’ll vote for it, but all have electoral aspirations in states with large Latino populations: George LeMieux, the outgoing appointed senator from Florida who got the bug and wants to go back. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who will face a rocky reelection battle in Texas. Jon Ensign who is toast in Nevada, but still thinks he can survive both the inevitable primary and general election if he gets that far. Mark Kirk, who has six years before he faces the voters again in blue Illinois, but might want to get off on a solid foot playing up those “moderate” bona fides. And Massachusetts’ Scott Brown, who really has to play that “moderate” card if he wants to get reelected in 2012.Are those guys gettable? Worth a shot. Here are some other Republicans with large Latino constituencies who will probably vote the wrong way, but why let them off easy? That crotchety bitter man John McCain and his colleague Jon Kyl from hateful Arizona, John Cornyn, who better hope Texas Latinos don’t actually start voting, and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham.

Those who voted the right way in the past

These were a yes vote when this issue last came up in 2007: Maine’s Olympia Snowe, who might feel safer about her reelection chances now that Maine’s new teabagger governor says he’ll support her (not that it matters, she’s still a goner), and Snowe’s twin sister, Susan Collins. Kansas’ Sam Brownback. Yes, Brownback. I shit you not. Brownback. (Who by the way, is the governor-elect of Kansas.). Dick Lugar, who doesn’t seem to be sweating the brewing teabagger revolt back home, so might still vote the right way. And Utah’s Bob Bennett, who was ousted this year in large part because he didn’t hate brown people enough.Also, I almost forgot Utah’s other senator, Orrin Hatch, who voted the right way in 2007. He’s actually been a historical ally of immigrants — a trait that’s embraced by missionary mormons. However, he’s fixing to be teabagger roadkill in 2012, so he might not want to antagonize that crowd further.

Those who are retiring

Republicans tend to vote a little better when they’re no longer going to face voters. So Ohio’s George Voinovich and New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg may be gettable.

Independent enough to vote “yes” this time?

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski hasn’t been an immigrant basher and hater, and while she voted the wrong way in 2007, she claimed that if she won with bipartisan support, she’d be more independent. This would be a good issue to prove she wasn’t full of crap.