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Cloture Is Defeated, Amnesty Bill Goes Down

From The Hill:

[AFP caption:] The motorcade that carries US President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is seen as it arrives at the US Capitol 12 June, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. An influential group of Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected President George W. Bush’s sweeping immigration reform bill — before even seeing the final product.

46-53, immigration bill goes down in defeat

By Klaus Marre
June 28, 2007

The comprehensive immigration reform bill that has dodged attacks from the left and right for weeks, survived “poison pill” amendments, and was once pulled from the Senate schedule failed its most important test Thursday. Passage of the legislation now appears unlikely.

The bipartisan coalition that had shepherded the measure through so many obstacles failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate. The final vote was 46-53

Until Thursday morning, it was unclear whether the bill would survive the cloture vote. But in the end, opponents of the measure from both sides of the political spectrum gained enough support to derail the legislation. Liberals felt it did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants, while conservatives rejected the bill because they felt it would grant amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.

Republican foes of the measure argued that the American public was broadly united in opposition to the bill and had made its views known by flooding Congress with phone calls and e-mails.

“What part of ‘no’ don’t we understand?,” asked Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who said the immigration fight had “reengaged the American people.”

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the key members of the coalition that crafted the bill, warned is Republican colleagues ahead of the vote.

“Remember this day if you vote ‘no,’” Graham said, adding that this bill would not come back in its current form and it is “as good as it gets.”

President Bush has taken a hands-on approach to the legislation, which he views as an important part of his domestic legacy. Leading up to the vote, called senators to urge them to support the bill.

For now. But it seems to be irresistible to too many of our great “leaders.”

Just like their heroes the illegal aliens, they will find a way to sneak it back.

“Remember this day if you vote ‘no,’” Graham said, adding that this bill would not come back in its current form and it is “as good as it gets.”

We’ll take our chances, Mr. Graham. 

This “deal” in a nutshell was this: The Democrats grandly offered to pretend to do something about enforcing our borders if the Republicans would allow all of the (30 million or so) illegal aliens and their extended families to become (Democrat) voters.

Some deal. And who but buffoons like Lindsay Graham would have even considered it?

Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, Mr. Graham.

By the way, please note the AFP’s photo caption:

An influential group of Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected President George W. Bush’s sweeping immigration reform bill — before even seeing the final product.

Never mind that Congress was supposed to vote for a 700 page bill that none of them had seen, much less read.

But there’s no bias there.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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