Tag: Senate

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk votes against immigration reform

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk votes against immigration reform
The U.S. Senate voted 82 to 15 Tuesday afternoon to begin debate on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. But Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was among the minority who voted no. In fact all of the opposing votes were Republicans. Kirk is being short-sighted in a state where Hispanics are more than 16 percent of the population... Read more »

Families divided by deportation as Congress debates immigration reform

Families divided by deportation as Congress debates immigration reform
Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an immigration reform bill, a first step in the long-awaited legislative process. But House Speaker John Boehner quickly responded that the House won’t accept the Senate bill and is working on its own legislation. While there is movement, it seems a full vote by the Senate and the... Read more »

DREAM Act vote postponed; Sens. Durbin and Reid seeking votes

By Lalo Alcaraz The Senate postponed voting on the DREAM Act Thursday. But this isn’t bad news for DREAM activists. In fact, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid made a motion that tabled the Senate vote so they can instead vote on the House version of the bill. That Senate motion passed with 59 votes. This gives... Read more »

Congressman, condoms and politics

Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk‘s face is pictured on a condom wrapper in a new ad.No, he’s not selling condoms. Part of the ad reads, “Kirk’s Immigration Solution…Condoms?” The congressman is being attacked by an organization critical of his stance on immigration and comments Kirk made two years ago that he supports family planning as a... Read more »

Sotomayor on Supreme Court shows Latinas can defy the odds

Wise Latinas are celebrating the Senate confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor 68 to 31 to the United States Supreme Court. But this is a moment of pride for all Americans. It shows that no matter your class, race or ethnicity, if you work hard one can aspire to the highest court in the land. But let... Read more »

McCain will vote against Sotomayor

John McCain is just the latest Republican to say he won’t vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Now the senator is from a state, Arizona, that is almost 30 percent Latino and maybe he’s not interested in winning next time. Last week, I wrote a blog post about what Republicans stand to lose by... Read more »

Sotomayor shows strength in Senate hearings

I think Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, summed up best how the Senate hearings would go for Sonia Sotomayor. “Unless you have a complete meltdown, you’re going to get confirmed,” he said. Sonia Sotomayor Judging from her brief introductory speech, it’s clear she won’t melt. She was clear, strong and determined as she... Read more »

If Sotomayor was a white guy would she face such questions?

If Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a white man, do you really think they’d question whether a male nominee could treat blacks, Latinos and women fairly? But she is Latina and based on some of the speeches given in the start of the Senate hearing today they are going to ask her over the... Read more »