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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Senate Passes Amnesty Immigration Bill

What the Senate
Failed to Recognize!
ARRA News Service - Senate reconvened today and resumed consideration of S. 744, the immigration reform bill. They completed a series of three votes. Senators voted 100-0 to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation. The Senate then voted 68-32 to adopt the Judiciary Committee-reported substitute amendment to S. 744, as modified by previous amendments. The Senate then voted 68-32 to to pass the 1200 page immigration legislation.

Yesterday, the Senate voted 68-30 to waive all Budget Act points of order against S. 744 and its amendments, 69-29 to adopt the Leahy amendment as modified with the Corker-Hoeven language, and 67-31 to invoke cloture (cut off debate) on the Judiciary Committee-reported substitute amendment to S. 744, as modified by previous amendments.

While Speaker Boehner says the bill is dead on arrival at the House, He has said the House will propose its own immigration bill. If the Houses does develop and pass an immigration reform bill, it also will NOT become law. Instead, by acting the House bill will result in a "closed door" reconciliation process where the bill that come out of the process will not reflect the view of the majority of American citizens.

Besides all the Democrats, the following 14 Republican Senators voted for the bill: John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Marco Rubio ,(FL), Jeff Flake (AZ), Bob Corker (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Jeffery Chiesa (NJ), Susan Collins (ME), Orrin Hatch (UT), Dean Heller (NV), Mark Kirk (IL), John Hoeven (ND), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Lamar Alexander (TN). Thirty-two Republicans voted against the measure including the Senate Republican Leadership. Noted was the split vote from the Arkansas delegation. Senator John Boozman (R) remained consistent and voted no, while Senator Mark Pryor (D) ignored the majority of his constituents and voted yes. Pryor is vulnerable and is up for re-election in 2014 as are Senators Mary Landrieu (LA) and Kay Hagan (NC). This is not the first time Pryor has voted against the majority of his constituents; he previously provided a deciding vote in the passing of Obamacare.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said today on the floor of the Senate: "It is not a bill that reflects a commitment to a lawful system of immigration in the future. We will admit dramatically more people than we ever have in our country’s history at a time when unemployment is high and the Congressional Budget Office have told us that wages, average wages will go down for 12 years, that gross domestic product per capita will decline for 25-plus years."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated that immigration reform must “be grounded in real border security,” and have the support of the Republican majority to pass in the House. Boehner said: "Weeks ago, I – along with the Leader, and the Whip, and Chairman Goodlatte – issued a statement that I thought was pretty clear. But apparently, some haven’t gotten the message. The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes. We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. For any legislation – including a conference report – to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.

"Listen, immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security. That’s what the American people believe, and it’s a principle that our majority believes in as well. Chairman McCaul’s done a good job passing a border security bill. Chairman Goodlatte is doing good work over in the Judiciary Committee. And if immigration reform is going to work, it’s essential that the American people have the confidence that it’s being done correctly. That’s how the House will approach this issue."

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