June 11, 2013
Following President Obama’s speech earlier today, the U.S. Senate has voted to begin debate on the Senate Bill 744, with just 15 senators — all Republicans — objecting. As reported by NBC News, the preliminary 82-15 vote — which required 60 votes for passage — offers an initial show of strength for supporters of the legislation, although some Republicans who voted for the initial procedural measure say they will not support the final product unless amendments are added to strengthen the legislation’s requirements to secure the nation’s southern border. A short while later, a vote on the motion to proceed — which needed just a simple majority — passed by a similar 84-15 margin.
For More Information read the NBC News Article.