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Dems: Cinco De Mayo Trumps Earth Day

From the Wall Street Journal:

Democrats Revive Immigration Push

Pelosi, Reid Agree to Put Issue Ahead of Energy Bill as Hispanics, a Key Voting Bloc, Grow Frustrated About Inaction

By LAURA MECKLER

APRIL 21, 2010

Democratic leaders in Congress have agreed to try to pass immigration legislation this year, placing the explosive issue ahead of an energy bill on their agenda and upending conventional wisdom that it was dead for now.

Democrats hope the measure will quell frustration among Hispanic voters at inaction on immigration in advance of the fall elections, where those voters could be crucial in many races. A comprehensive bill would include a path to citizenship for those in the U.S. illegally, a priority for immigrant advocates but something opponents deride as amnesty.

"It’s a moral imperative and a political imperative," said a Democratic leadership aide

In a leadership meeting late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would bring immigration legislation to the floor this year, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said she would try to move the bill if it passed the Senate first, according to three Democratic officials. With limited time available for action this year, both leaders said they would put immigration ahead of energy on their priority list, the officials said

Democrats eyeing the Hispanic voting bloc include Mr. Reid, who faces a tough re-election race in his home state of Nevada, where 15% of voters in 2008 were Hispanic. Democrats running in other states with large Hispanic populations include Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Michael Bennet of Colorado…

We thought amnesty was "a moral imperative"?

It sounds like it is all about hanging on to power, come hell or high water. (Which, after all, is how they describe ‘global warming.’)

Who are the ‘bitter clingers,’ again?

Passing a bill would require Republican support in the Senate. So far, Sen. Graham is the only Republican working on the issue. He has said he wouldn’t introduce it without at least one other Republican on board. None has come forth

News that congressional leaders plan to move immigration higher on their agenda underscores the uncertain prospects for the energy legislation.

Sens. John Kerry (D., Mass.), Graham and Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) are expected to release a draft of a climate and energy bill by Monday. Their bill would create a mechanism by which various industries could trade credits allowing for the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Is this the same Senator Graham who vowed that he would stop working with the Democrats after the way they rammed ‘healthcare reform’ through Congress, breaking all the rules?

A more comprehensive House measure appears to be dead in the Senate.

People familiar with the deliberations of the three senators say their measure would focus on curbing emissions from electric power plants and block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing a plan to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant.

The senators had been discussing the idea of using an indirect tax on gasoline to substitute for emissions caps on the oil industry, according to people familiar with the discussions

Democrats are such innovative thinkers.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dems: Cinco De Mayo Trumps Earth Day”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    If we taxed the bullshit coming from Congress, the budget would be balanced inside a month.

  2. proreason says:

    Graham will formally jump to the libwit side soon.

    He actually may be more of a Republican than a Dem, but he simply will not be able to get elected as a Rep.

    And since he is just like all the other criminals (i.e., the most important thing is remaining in office), he will imagine that he can win as a Dem.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Sens. John Kerry (D., Mass.), Graham and Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) are expected to release a draft of a climate and energy bill by Monday. Their bill would create a mechanism by which various industries could trade credits allowing for the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    Trade credits. Isn’t that another phrase for “bribe the regulators”?

    Why suddenly is pushing through all of this crap a “moral imperative”? Could it be these scumbags realize that their time for screwing the American public is drawing to an end and after November they’re going to be looking for a new gig? Could that be it?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Could it be these scumbags realize that their time for screwing the American public is drawing to an end and after November they’re going to be looking for a new gig?”

      My guess is, yes. So we will more than likely see reconciliation used for pretty much anything they want passed before election time.


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