From NBC's Ken Strickland
Even after it failed this morning, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid says there will be an identical procedural vote later today on the immigration reform bill. That vote, which requires 60 for passage, would limit debate and amendments and put the bill on the path to a final vote. It failed earlier 33-63, with all the Republicans and about a third of Democrats voting against Reid.
Moments ago in a off-camera briefing, Reid said if the vote failed again he'd pull the bill from the floor indefinitely saying, "the bill's over with. The bill's gone." He never said it was dead, but indicated he clearly had other priorities to put before the Senate in the coming weeks.
The main conflict between Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell comes down to this: McConnell wants members to have more votes on their amendments to change the bill; Reid says they've already had plenty and would be given more opportunities after the procedural vote.
Democratic leadership is putting the onus on President Bush to move the bill forward. The original bill was written by a small bipartisan group of Senators and two cabinet secretaries.
"This is the president's bill," Reid said.
The time for the vote hasn't been determined, but staff "guesstimates" range from as early as 4 p.m. to as late as 8 p.m.