Senate votes to revive immigration reform bill

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to jump-start a stalled immigration measure to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants. President Bush said the bill offered a “historic opportunity for Congress to act,” and appeared optimistic about its passage by week’s end. The pivotal test-vote was 64-35 to revive the divisive legislation. It still faces formidable obstacles in the Senate, including bitter opposition by GOP conservatives and attempts by some waverers in both parties to revise its key elements. Supporters needed 60 votes to scale procedural hurdles and return to the bill. A similar test-vote earlier this month found just 45 supporters, only seven of them Republicans. This time, 24 Republicans joined 39 Democrats and independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, to back moving ahead with the bill. Opposing the move were 25 Republicans, nine Democrats and independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., an architect of the bill, said he was proud of the vote, calling it “a major step forward for our national security, for our economy, and for our humanity.” “We did the right thing today because we know the American people sent us here to act on our most urgent problems. We know they will not stand for small political factions getting in the way,” Kennedy said in a statement following the vote. Tuesday’s outcome was far from conclusive, however. The measure still must overcome another make-or-break vote as early as Thursday that will also require the backing of 60 senators. And there is no guarantee that it will ultimately attract even the simple majority it needs to pass. The Senate was preparing to begin voting as early as Tuesday afternoon on some two dozen amendments that have the potential to either sap its support or draw new backers. Republicans and Democrats alike are deeply conflicted over the measure, which also creates a temporary worker program, strengthens border security and institutes a new system for weeding out illegal immigrants from workplaces. Bush has mounted an unusually personal effort to defuse Republican opposition to the bill, appearing at a Senate party lunch earlier this month and dispatching two Cabinet secretaries to take up near-constant residence on Capitol Hill to push the compromise. He called the measure a deal worthy of support. “In a good piece of legislation like this, and a difficult piece of legislation like this, one side doesn’t get everything they want,” he told business leaders and representatives of religious, Hispanic and agricultural communities earlier Tuesday. “It’s a careful compromise.” The vote suggested that key senators and White House officials had succeeded — at least for now — in bargaining with skeptical lawmakers for a second chance to pass the bill. Several senators who have been promised votes on their amendments, including Sens. Kit Bond, R-Mo., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Norm Coleman, R-Minn., Pete Domenici, R-N.M., John Ensign, R-Nev., and Jim Webb, D-Va., switched their votes to support moving ahead with the measure. Still, after a chaotic several weeks in which the legislation survived several near-death experiences, it remained buffeted by intraparty squabbles. As senators were preparing for the showdown vote Tuesday morning, House Republicans meeting privately on the other side of the Capitol were plotting to register their opposition through a party resolution. The measure never saw a vote for procedural reasons, but an attempt to kill it failed overwhelmingly, signaling deep GOP skepticism. “It’s clear there’s a large number of the House Republicans who have serious concerns with the Senate bill,” said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the minority leader. Several of the Republican amendments slated for upcoming Senate votes would make the bill tougher on unlawful immigrants, while those by Democrats would make it easier on those seeking to immigrate legally based solely on family ties. Particularly worrisome to supporters, including the Bush administration, is a bipartisan amendment by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., that would change the bill’s new program for weeding out illegal employees from U.S. workplaces. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Remember: Be thankful for your job

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings “I am grateful that I work with supportive, thoughtful, intelligent people who like to have fun.” “I totally believe in focusing on the positive, and that’s why I enjoy so much my volunteer work. Giving without expecting anything in return is so fulfilling and gratifying, and it always comes back multiplied.” “I am very grateful to have a great job working for a terrific company that truly cares about my well-being, my professional growth and my overall happiness. I am grateful to work with a wonderful team, and grateful that the rest of the people in our office are wonderful, too. I truly enjoy coming to work every day.” “I’m thankful because the people I work with have become like a second family.” “My job allows me to help others, and that’s truly gratifying. I am thankful to be able to make a living being of service.” Today is a day to spend time with friends and family, to eat a bountiful feast, and maybe watch some football. It’s also a day to give thanks. While most of us are grateful for having a day off, we also should take the time to be thankful for the job we are privileged to have. I asked people I know to think about what they are thankful for when it comes to their jobs. Here’s what they had to say: “I am fortunate to work from a home office and not have to commute. I give thanks for that every time I have to venture out on the freeway!” “I have to be honest – my job pays really well, so I am thankful for that. And gratefully, I enjoy it, too.” “I spent a lot of time in college (and paid a lot in student loans) so I am thankful to finally be working in my chosen career, and thankful that it’s as fun as I’d hoped it would be.” “I’m thankful to have a job! Truthfully, whenever I pass the homeless on the street, I am appreciative that someone has put their faith in me as an employee and given me the chance to make an honest living.” As for me, I am thankful for the opportunity to get paid for doing what I love to do. And I’m grateful to you, my readers, for enabling me to keep it going. Happy Thanksgiving! Dawn Anfuso is a Southern California business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, e-mail Dawn at dawnanfuso@yahoo.com. Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FA chief: Scotland defeat would NOT cost Southgate the England job – LISTEN

first_imgGell admits the FA want the next England boss to be an Englishman, but he has not completely ruled out appointing a foreigner.He added: “Part of what we are trying to reinstil in the team is a sense of pride in the shirt and an English person would naturally do that better. They would care more.“We don’t want a foreign mercenary. We don’t want someone just to come in and do the job for a tournament and then move on. We want someone to keep building the basics, link the national senior team with the Under-21s and the Under-20s, and everything we do at St George’s Park.“We want someone who is there for the long-term, but we want the right person. If we say it has to be English at all costs, then it narrows the field too much, but a strong preference would be for an English person.”Whoever succeeds Allardyce – axed after just 67 days following a newspaper sting – has a tough job on their hands.England have an abysmal record in major tournaments and suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of minnows Iceland in the recent European Championship. 2 2 Glenn believes English players struggle with the psychological demands of international football, but insists the issue is ‘fixable’ and is convinced the future is bright for the national team.He said: “Compared to say 20 years ago, we have got a lot more talented players coming through now. The academies are working well.“The issue seems to be getting that club spirit translated into the national team. When is the last time you can think of an England player playing better for England than for his club? That is for the FA to try and fix.“If you look at what we have done with the development teams, the Under-21s, the Under-19s, and the women’s team, for a while now we have had specific psychological support to toughen these teams up in a tournament situation, and it has worked.“Take the women’s World Cup: we went their ranked ninth in the world, lost our first game to France and ended up finishing third. That team went with a couple of psychologists to work on that mental resilience. We haven’t done that with the men’s senior team until now, and we are starting to do that.“I think it is very fixable. It is how you eliminate the fear factor so that when things go against you, you can adapt on the pitch. We saw it against Iceland.“We were more than capable of beating Iceland but when things didn’t go our way you could sense the great players actually freezing up. That is very fixable, provided that we are deliberate about trying to fix it and don’t just wish it to happen.” Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn says Gareth Southgate will remain a serious contender for the England job regardless of what happens against Scotland.Under-21 boss Southgate has been in interim charge of the Three Lions since Sam Allardyce’s unceremonious departure in September.After a win and a draw in his first two games at the helm, his crunch test will come next month when old foes Scotland visit Wembley for a World Cup qualifier before his temporary reigns ends with a friendly against Spain.Glenn is confident of an England win against Scotland but insists even an embarrassing defeat to the Tartan Army would not affect Southgate’s chances of landing the job on a permanent basis.The FA supremo told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday: “Let’s say the results don’t go quite as well as we want them to go, he would still be a candidate because he has achieved a lot in developing the Under-21s in a tournament situation and he knows all about tournament football. So I don’t want to say either he will or he won’t get the job based on one game.“I am very confident we will do very well against Scotland because it means a lot to us and I think Spain is an interesting test for us. But to say it is based on one game… he is a very good candidate.“We just need to look at what else is out there before we make a final decision, and we have got a bit of time.”last_img read more