Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is hitting the campaign trail for Majority Leader Harry Reid this week, and the House's leading Amnesty supporter is hoping Reid brings the DREAM Act to the Senate floor for a vote before the end of the year.
“I’m really really hopeful [that the DREAM Act will come up before the end of the year],” Rep. Gutierrez told The Hill. “I’m happy that the senators have used the procedural rule 14. Their clear intent is to give it another try. When? That’s up to them."
Senate rule 14 allows the majority party to fast-track a bill to the Senate floor without having to go through markup in committee. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a clean version of the DREAM Act last week after a filibuster stalled the Defense Authorization bill. Reid was planning on adding the DREAM Act as an amendment to the Defense bill.
Gutierrez also said he would rather that the Senate hold a straight vote on the DREAM Act instead of trying to attach it to another bill.
Just before the Defense bill came up for a vote in the Senate, Rep. Gutierrez and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Pres. Obama and other White House officials to discuss the DREAM Act. Gutierrez told The Hill that they had 54-55 Democratic votes before the meeting, but ended up having 57 Democrats vote for cloture on Tuesday. Although, Tuesday's vote was to open debate on the Defense bill and not on the DREAM Act itself.
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