First Poison Pill Fails in Senate

by Greg Siskind

First Poison Pill Fails in Senate

Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley argued to amend the S.744 triggers to postpone the initial RPI legalization phase until border security is achieved. That was obviously going to be unacceptable to Democrats. Five Republicans (the four in the Gang of Eight as well as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski) joined 52 Democrats in defeating the Grassley proposal. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin voted with the rest of the Republicans.There have now been 103 amendments published on Thomas. There was a kerfuffle between Majority Leader Reid and Senator Grassley over Reid's decision to require a 60 vote majority for amendments. That's likely to kill most of the poison pill amendments. It will also likely mean that liberal amendments on issues like guns and rights for LGBT individuals will also fail.

The other news of the day yesterday that's worth noting is that House Republicans will have a meeting on immigration on July 10th. That seems to be a little later than makes sense if the goal is to get legislation through the Judiciary Committee and done on the House floor by the end of the month. But we shall see.

About The Author Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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