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Dream Act: A possible vote on Saturday

A student's bold statement, December 8, 2010
A student's bold statement, December 8, 2010
Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Talking Points Memo is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will file cloture tonight on two key measures for Senate Democrats, the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, and the Dream Act. From the update:

On the Senate floor just now, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate will vote as soon as Saturday on a bill repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That puts it ahead of the START treaty, as proponents of repeal had requested.

Reid is also filing cloture on the DREAM Act. That means both bills should come up for a procedural vote on Saturday. The vote on the DREAM Act will come first, followed by the vote on DADT.

The cloture vote to break the filibuster on the DREAM Act is expected to fail. Next will come a cloture vote on DADT. If Reid has 60 votes for cloture vote on DADT, the vote on the actual bill will likely come Sunday.

"We've got to move this all along," Reid said from the floor.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would give conditional legal status to qualifying undocumented youths who attend at least two years of college or join the military, provided they arrived here under age 16 and meet several other strict criteria. Last week, one day after the House approved the bill, the Senate voted to table its version and vote on the House-approved measure.

Dream Act supporters around the country, among them many undocumented college students and graduates, have engaged in a massive effort to call legislators for their support. The measure still lacks the necessary Republican backing to make it through the Senate.