Skip to comments.Border Fence Fund Bill Passes Senate Committee
Posted on 02/02/2011 6:56:18 PM PST by jdirt
Feb. 1, 2011 Jackson, MS SB 2255 Border Fence Fund Bill passed through the Senate Judiciary A committee at about 4:45pm central time. This bill will fund the border fence by imposing a fee on money sent to foreign countries (remittances) from people unlawfully present in this country and in cooperation with other States. If only half the States participate, they could raise $1.2 billion annually for the border fence with an average remittance fee of 5%.
The vote was 5- 5, the tie was broken by the committee Chair and author, Senator Joey Fillingane.
The next step is for the bill to go to the Finance committee, Chaired by Senator Dean Kirby. That committee is about evenly split politically. The deadline for getting this bill passed through the Finance committee and the Senate floor is Feb. 23rd.
By late last night it was still not clear if the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary A committee was going to bring the bill to a vote but members from several Tea Party groups in Mississippi showed up to support the bill. The committee meetings are open to the public. Opponents and supporters alike are allowed to speak at the meetings. One of the tea partiers spoke about the bill in the morning session. She emphasized the need for States to send aid to our border States to build their border fences. This is no different then sending aid to neighboring States who have suffered man-made or natural disasters, she said. She stated that Americans are looking to the States to protect them now because the Federal government has failed to make good on their promise to secure the border for over 25 years..
Senator Chris McDaniel worked diligently throughout the day to make sure amendments would address any concerns that committee members may have.
Several amendments were made: the tax return option for citizens to get a full refund of the remittance fee was changed to use e-verify for each transaction eliminating the need to do a tax return. Those who do not clear the e-verify check will be charged the fee. Churches, missionaries, non-profit organizations and ligitimate MS corporations are exempt. a contingency was made for MS to withdraw the money out of the fund in case a border fence is not built.
A representative from Western Union spoke in the afternoon session, he insisted the fee was a tax to all Mississippians. He stated it would effect jobs. He claimed that the military would also be unjustly punished for sending money overseas. The Western Union representative did not reveal to the committee how many transactions take place in MS.
According to the Inter-American Development bank, $99 million dollars annually leave Mississippi. Mississippi spends $106 million dollars annually on K-12, emergency medical care and incarceration of illegal aliens.
The Tea Party in Mississippi would like to give a special thanks to Senator Fillingane, Senator Chris McDaniel, Senator Michael Watson, Senator Walter Michel, Senator Terry Burton, and Senator Lee Yancey.
It is NOT that their isn’t funding to secure the border....
It’s that they simply REFUSE to do so. Their agenda has not and will not change. If it wasn’t done on 9/12 by Bush, it never will be.
Great idea taxing remittances.
How can we help this?
Most of the stimulus money should have been used for the border fence.
Well, I guess there's a benefit to not enforcing the Rule Of Law and the US Constitution. /sarcasm
So they are going to ask the banks to figure out who is here illegally and who is not?
the new amendment will e-verify everybody. if you don’t pass the e-verify check you will have to pat the fee.
Call these people night and day. If these people don’t get calls, it will die. The AP incorectly reported “Border Fence Funding Bill Falters in Mississippi” Its in all the papers and the internet. &holes.
WE NEED 15 VOTES TO PASS, 3/5 ths VOTE
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Dean Kirby R (601)359-3246 email@example.com
Eugene Clarke R (601)359-2886 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sidney Albritton R (601)359-3226 email@example.com
Terry Brown R (601)359-3226 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joey Fillingane R (601)359-3237 email@example.com
Author of the bill but could still use thank you calls and emails
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Tom King R (601)359-2886 email@example.com
Nolan Mettetal R (601)359-2220 firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter Michel R (601)359-3092 email@example.com
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Lee Yancey R (601)359-3250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Running for State Treasurer
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Nickey Browning D (601)359-3226 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hob Bryan D (601)359-3234 no email
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Bob Dearing D (601)359-3244 email@example.com
He is in favor of this bill.
Tommy Dickerson D (601)359-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Horhn D (601)359-3237 email@example.com
Robert Jackson D (601)359-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Jones D (601)359-3232 email@example.com
David Jordan D (601)359-6234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Powell D (601)359-2886 email@example.com
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Well, someone has to know about funds going to Mexico from illegal aliens. Otherwise how do they tax the funds?
Sheesh! Is it a full moon?
They say that they will get the money from remittances sent by illegal aliens. Question: If they know who is illegal and sending money back to their countries, then why can’t they prevent them from getting jobs and then round them up and send them home?
LOL!!! didn’t they pass a bill like this....oh a few years ago?
Cher/JERKOFF never built it....
That’s what I was going to say. They passed the fence funding a few years back...who has that money?
What a novel idea. States are going to collect money to give to the Federal Gov’t to build a fence. Kinda like the education dollars Washington throws to the states. How can they resist !
Yada yada yada... They can get back to me once the double fence with deep ditch is in place.
If they actually think I trust them at this point they are certifiably delusional.