And just like that, the Senate voted no on the controversial immigration bill.
Even worse, there were signals that the bill would not be revived again until 2008 – not coincidentally after the next round of elections.
This was a major blow to President Bush, who had made this a priority. In response, Bush said, “The American people understand the status quo is unacceptable when it comes to our immigration laws. A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn’t find common ground. It didn’t work.”
You can read some prior thoughts about immigration, the budget and the consequences of the bill here.
What do you think the next step for the Senate, House and President should be? Do you really think they’ll wait until after 2011?