Harry Reid killed an immigration reform compromise in 2006 because Bill Richardson told him to
Harry Reid voted to advance a compromise immigration reform bill in 2006
Although The Denver Post reported that then-Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) told Reid he didn’t like the compromise and advised him to “hold fast,” Harry Reid and most other Democrats voted to advance it in the Senate.
As immigration reform legislation was working its way through the Senate that year, then-Sens. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) announced a compromise that would allow most illegal immigrants to earn citizenship but would exclude more recent arrivals. As PBS reported, the disagreement over “which amendments, if any, should be brought to a vote ultimately scuttled the bill.”
Reid and 36 other Democrats voted to advance the compromise, while six voted against it. Zero Republicans voted to advance the deal.