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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate fell far short of the votes needed to reach a critical cloture vote on the comprehensive immigration reform bill. The final vote, 46 to 53, was 14 votes short of the 60 needed to end debate on the bill and begin consideration of a long list of amendments.
The bill would have tightened border security, created a path to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants, and created a guest-worker program. The Senate had planned to complete action on the bill by the end of the week.
The next direction for the measure is unclear.