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DREAM Act to be voted on in the Senate today

Today’s the day.

Clergy from San Antonio and elsewhere in Texas vowed Thursday to continue pushing for passage of the DREAM Act, despite getting what they characterized as unclear responses from the staff of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, during a visit this week to Washington.

A spokeswoman for Hutchison has said the senator will not support the bill because it’s too expansive.


During a conference call Thursday, the Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith of the Rio Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church said she and other religious leaders met with Hutchison’s staff but were unable to get a clear answer.

Not sure what that means, as KBH has been quite clear in the press about her intent to vote No. Maybe she’s capable of greater feats of waffling than I’m crediting her for, or maybe she just doesn’t have the guts to give these honorable people a straight answer. Either way, it couldn’t hurt to call her office (202-224-5922) and remind her that once upon a time she cared about stuff like this. Kos and NewsTaco have more.

The Senate will also vote on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today. That one appears to have 60+ votes, enough to overcome the by-now routine Republican filibuster, while the DREAM Act is seen as unlikely to reach that height. Both have already passed the House, meaning that Senate passage would be the last stop on the way to the President’s desk, so one way or another today ought to be historic. How historic remains to be seen.

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