Today the US Senate voted against the DREAM Act 55-41. However, the Senate did succeed in repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” that would allow gays and lesbians to serve more freely in the military. Some of the notable Democratic no votes on the Senate side today included: Nelson, Baucus, Tester, Pryor, and Hagan. The Democrats, who voted yes who were “iffy”, were: McCaskill, Conrad and Dorgan. Senator Manchin (D-WV) did not show up to vote. The Republicans who voted yes were: Bennet, Lugar, and Murkowski.
There will be more debriefing and information available in the coming days about what the consequences of this vote are, but right now, I know that many DREAM Activists and their allies are going to continue mobilizing and organizing to hold those who stand in the way of this small measure of relief for the immigrant community accountable. On the positive side, a majority of Senators were in favor of DREAM and in the House as we saw last week, a majority of congressional representatives voted in favor of it as well. Today in the Senate, 60 votes were needed to proceed forward. If all of the Democrats in the Senate who voted no today had voted in the affirmative, the dreams would have moved ahead.