Cochran, Lott split on vote to jump-start of immigration bill

Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mississippi’s senators split Tuesday on the Senate’s 64-35 vote to jump-start a stalled immigration measure to grant legal status of millions of unlawful immigrants.

U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., voted to resume Senate debate on the bill. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., voted against reconsidering the bill.

Supporters of the legislation needed 60 votes to bring it up again.

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The bill 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.