Senate fails to pass the DREAM ACT

On December 18, the Senate failed to advance the DREAM Act (H.R. 5281) on a vote of 55-41. The Senate needed 60 votes to move the bill forward procedurally and stop any filibuster. With that loss, the fight for the DREAM Act is over, at least for this Congress. “The DREAM Act was considered a litmus test for the larger issue of immigration reform, and its defeat shows it will be increasingly tough going for pro-immigration measures as the GOP takes control of the House.” President Barack Obama called Saturday’s decision “an incredibly disappointing vote.”

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