In somewhat of a surprise, the House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act last night by a vote of 216 to 198 but it’s unlikely the bill will get through a Senate filibuster today.
As expected, all three African-American reps from Illinois, Danny Davis, Bobby Rush, and Jesse Jackson, voted to support the Dream Act. So did lakefront liberals Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley. All are Democrats.
Luis Gutierrez, the bill’s main man in the House, managed to lead almost all the other suburban and downstate Dems to vote yay: Melissa Bean, Debra Halverson, Phil Foster and Bill Hare.
All these had been on the fence prior to the roll call.