Durbin: DREAM Act will come to the Senate floor next week

Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday predicted a Senate vote on the DREAM Act will be held next week.

"Sen. Reid is going to call it," Durbin told The Hill shortly after the chamber adjourned at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Two procedural votes are scheduled for Saturday morning on competing plans to address the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.


The legislation would provide legal residence to the children of immigrants who were brought into the country during their youth if they attend college or join the military. House leaders said this week they expect a vote in the lower chamber next week.

Durbin demurred when asked whether he has the votes.

"I'm working on it, talking to members," he said.

Correction: Under the DREAM Act, children brought into the U.S. illegally may win legal residence if they meet certain eligibility requirements. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier version of this story.