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June 27, 2013 6:29 PM Vote For Immigration Reform? What a Laugh!

By Ed Kilgore

One final item today on the extent to which congressional Republicans have bought into comprehensive immigration reform, from a report by The Hill’s Ramsey Cox:

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) accidentally voted “yes” on the comprehensive immigration reform bill Thursday before correcting his mistake.
The error by Moran caused the chamber to erupt in laughter.
After Moran changed his vote, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) waved his hand at him in a “come-on-over” gesture from across the aisle. Moran chuckled and shook his head.
Schumer voted for the immigration bill, along with every other Senate Democrat….
At the conclusion of the roll-call, Moran double-checked that he was recorded as a “no” vote.

But here’s the real punch-line:

Vice President Biden was presiding over the Senate and reassured Moran that he was recorded as opposed to the immigration reform bill, which passed 68-32 vote. Fourteen Republicans voted for the bill, but every member of GOP leadership voted against it.
Moran is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is charged with electing a Republican majority to the Senate in 2014.

Clearly, Republicans are convinced that opposing comprehensive immigration reform is the political kiss of death.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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