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The test vote that would have legalized millions of immigrants, failed the Senate. By a vote of 33-63, the Senate lacked 60 votes that would have been needed to stop debates and progress the bill into passage.

The test vote was done to gauge lawmakers' hunger for a bipartisan compromise about immigration. Later, advocators from both sides were adamant about finding a way to reverse an earlier accordance that led to the Senate vetoing the bill's temporary work program after five years.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) postponed the bill's process saying he needed to give it more time before dismissing the bill permanently and moving on to other issues.

Many Republicans that helped craft the test vote and once supported the assessment of its outcome, have since become opposed to the idea. Democrats, on the other hand, backed it.

Republicans wanted to toughen the measure by adding conservative changes. Congress could block the legalization of millions of unlawful immigrants if it deemed the border too porous under a Republican proposal, also slated for a vote on Thursday. An amendment by Conservative Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would require a congressional vote to certify that border security and workplace enforcement "triggers" were in place before the legalization, or a new guest worker program, could take effect.

It was one of many obstacles the measure was facing across the political spectrum, as its backers struggled to steer clear of potentially critical changes and push for a quick passage.