Senate Amnesty Dies in the HOUSE

June 28, 2013 3:35 pm 0 comments

Yesterday, as expected, the U.S. Senate passed the bloated bill that will fail to actually fix immigration. The final vote was 68-32, which is significant because with all the arm-twisting, grandstanding and bribery, Democrats failed to reach their much coveted goal of 70 votes. This is a sign of weakness for the Democrats and should only embolden the Republican-controlled House. Both Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz of Texas voted against the bill.

House Speaker John Boehner declared the Senate bill dead and will not be heard in the House. In addition, he said only legislation with the Republican majority’s support will be heard. As the grassroots, we must hold his feet to the fire on this promise. It appears the House wants a slower pace to review immigration and will only pass reforms in pieces rather than an all-inclusive bill. They will start with border security measures that include actual triggers and cut out the Obama Administration’s ability to change the rules. Here are some comments from Republican members on the Senate bill:

“It just won’t happen. It is a pipe dream to think that that bill is going to the floor and be voted on,” Rep. Peter Roskam (CA)

“fold it up into a paper airplane and throw it out the window. Oh, is that not the right answer?” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC)

“The Senate is, at this point, irrelevant,” Rep. Ted Poe (TX)

“The Corker-Hoeven amendment is terrible,” Rep. John Fleming (LA)

“We don’t have to do this for political reasons… If we start pandering and giving out goodies to people, then we’re going to get into a bidding war with the Democratic party. And if we get into a bidding war, we always lose, because the Democrats are always more willing to give goodies to certain groups than we are,” Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)

Help us keep Congress honest! Call them! If you heard Rush or Mark Levin yesterday, they urged this very point, even in blue districts, because it has an actual impact. Because of voter calls, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker had supported the bill on Monday but voted NO yesterday. Here are the numbers for our members:

Representative Local Washington
Ted Poe (281) 446-0242 202-225-6565
John Culberson (713) 682-8828 202-225-2571
Kevin Brady (936) 441-5700 202-225-4901
Al Green (713) 383-9234 202-225-7508
Michael McCaul (281) 255-8372 202-225-2401
Sheila Jackson Lee (713) 655-0050 202-225-3816
Pete Olson (281) 494-2690 202-225-5951
Gene Green (281) 999-5879 202-225-1688
Steve Stockman (409) 883-8028 202-225-1555


Speaker John Boehner (202) 225-0600

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