Maine reps vote to support Dream act

Posted Dec. 10, 2010, at 1:11 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — With a Senate vote pending, Maine’s two congressional representatives are on record as voting to pass the so-called Dream Act, which would give hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to the U.S. illegally a shot at legal status.

Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud joined 214 other House members Wednesday to pass the bill, while 198 voted against it. President Barack Obama wants the Senate to approve it so he can sign it into law.

Supporters point to a Congressional Budget Office report that says enacting the bill would reduce deficits by about $1.4 billion over the 2011-2020 period.

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