The senate immigration bill went down by a vote of 53 nays to 46 yeas. It was a cloture vote requiring a super-majority of 60 yeas. Amazingly it did not even reach a simple majority. The floor proceedings were contentious for the senate.
Sadly Senator Kyl joined with 12 other Republicans in voting for cloture. He allied with such stalwarts as Lindsey “Just shut up” Graham, Trent “shut down talk radio” Lott, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter, and the open borders duo of Mel Martinez and former presidential candidate John McCain.
The Democrats were really the ones that killed the bill. While 12 Republicans voted for cloture, 15 Democrats plus Independent (Socialist) Bernie Sanders voted against cloture. It is an interesting day when Byrd, Dorgan, Rockefeller, and Sanders vote the same as Coburn, DeMint, Ensign, Inhofe, and Thune.