US Immigration Bill Dies on Senate Floor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAPITOL HILL -- Bipartisan immigration legislation has stalled in the Senate and may be out of commission for the year.

Lawmakers voted 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill. That's 15 votes short of the 60 that the bill's supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats' efforts to bring the bill to a final vote.

The legislation is backed by the White House. Among other things, it would tighten borders and give up to 12 million illegal immigrants a chance at legal status.

Democrats and Republicans are each accusing the other of killing it.

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