That Pill Is Poison

I'd been taking Ezra's word for it that the Dorgan Amendment sunsetting the proposed guest worker program wasn't a poison pill. Fawn Johnson in CongressDaily PM, however, seems to have the goods:

"I'm at the point that I don't think we can get enough agreement to fix the bill, so my preference is to stop it and start over. So if it hurts the deal, I'm for it," said DeMint. Asked if he was trying to kill the bill with his vote on the Dorgan amendment, Bunning said, "I've been trying to kill it for a long time."

That said, Johnson also reports that negotiators are still claiming they'll be able to pass a bill. She also says AFL-CIO President John Sweeney "said he could not support the immigration package even with the Dorgan amendment."