Chambliss & Isakson vote against cloture on immigration bill

Last week, CQ Politics reported that Georgia Senators Chambliss and Isakson planned on voting against the cloture motion on the immigration reform bill when it came back before the Senate.

According to the article…

Isakson said he and Chambliss had heard from voters back home that they didn’t have faith in another measure that promises border action because past promises have yet to be fulfilled.

Today, Georgia’s Senators joined 35 of their colleagues in opposing the motion to limit debate on S.1639.

However, the Senate will proceed with the consideration of the immigration bill because the motion to limit debate received the requisite 60 votes (the motion received 64 votes in favor).


  1. JRM2016 says:

    Important to note this vote was to bring the legislation back before the body. The REAL cloture vote will take place Thursday. There is still time…we’ve got our Senators but let’s start calling their lily-livered counterparts. Here is a roll call of the Republican turncoats from the June 7 vote:

















  2. Carpe Forem says:

    How’s it taste, Republican base? Now you know what having BIG GOVERNMENT shoved down your throat is like. The libertarians have been trying to warn you. If you want to get that taste out of your mouth , stop voting for the persons your party tells you to vote for.

  3. CHelf says:

    It’s odd when those Republicans opposed to this are on the same side as the AFL-CIO and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Politics truly makes strange bedfellows.

  4. Carpe Forem says:


    You are correct. Libertarian philosophy does allow freedom of movement… for law abiding peoples.

    My point was more directed to the amnesty being given (will be given as a result of this vote). Because that is what BIG business and BIG government wants. They don’t care what the average person has to say or want.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    I’m dissapointed that Isakson and Chambliss voted against bringing the border security and immigration reform measure to the floor for discussion in the US Senate.

    Those of you who frequent this site know that I’m a very strong Isakson supporter and will continue to be, however, I must register my disatisfaction with this vote.

    As well, some of you on this site are so misinformed on this issue that you should be embarraced.

    First and foremost, we need to secure the border. I’m sorry, but burrying your head in the sand and defending the status quo is going to get us NO WHERE.

    Isakson and Chambliss should have voted in favor of bringing the mature for discussion. They could have always voted against the measure later in final passage.

  6. ConservativeCaucus says:

    Chambliss would have been defeated in July or November if he had voted in favor of cloture… Isakson would have shot himself in the foot if he ever wants to run for Governor.

    You may believe that it would have been the principled thing to do, but it would have been political suicide. Some things are worth “dying on the battlefield” for. Apparently, Georgia’s Senators didn’t think this was one of them.

  7. CHelf says:

    Hmmm. Weren’t many of these people calling for up and down votes not long ago? Now we’re for hindering up and down votes.

  8. rightofcenter says:

    Isn’t that Jim Webb, Democrat from Virginia?

    Interesting that both of Alaska’s senators voted yes. I guess the border issue doesn’t quite resonate with them (we’ve got to keep out those pesky Canadians and Russians!)

  9. Bull Moose says:

    Fillibuster, cloture, etc… Up or Down votes period!

    Bring forward the amendments and let’s get some votes!

    Enough! Isakson and Chambliss did what they had to do. I disagree with them but I’ve said my piece.

    Now bring forward the bill and amendments and let’s get the debate going.

  10. Doug Deal says:

    Can a report from a conference committee be filibustered? I.e. if the House passes a different version, can the final bill be filibustered in the Senate, or are there rules to prevent it?

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