Skip to comments.GOP Senate Leaders McConnell & Lott on verge of deal to bring amnesty back up for vote
Posted on 06/12/2007 1:37:13 PM PDT by ruination
Pres. Bush's meeting with Republican Senators at noon appears to be providing just the extra push that pro-amnesty leaders have wanted.
The Senate's top two Republican leaders -- McConnell (R-Ky.) and Lott (R-Miss.) -- are using this opportunity to pull 15 Republicans (of the 38 who voted against amnesty last week) back to Pres. Bush's side.
McConnell and Lott hope to get those 15 to sign off on a list of amendments they want brought up for a vote.
They hope to present that list to Democratic leader Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) by tonight!
To slow this down, please phone Republican Senators on the list below THIS MINUTE.
When you think about it, the deal that Mcconnell and Lott are offering makes little sense. They are basically saying that they want the 15 Republican Senators to agree to vote for cloture in exchange for a chance to have their favorite amendments voted down.
Many of those same Senators may vote against the final bill (when it will take 50 votes to defeat it), but their promise to Bush, McConnell and Lott will be that they will vote FOR cloture (when it would take only 39 votes to defeat it).
In other words, they will vote for the amnesty in the tally where their NO vote would have the most possibility of defeating the bill.
Please call these Republicans and urge them to refuse any deal that wins their YES vote on another cloture vote.
REPUBLICANS MOST LIKELY TO SWITCH TO AMNESTY TODAY (* Senators up for re-election in 2008)
* Alexander (R-TN) Bennett (R-UT) * Cochran (R-MS) * Coleman (R-MN) * Collins (R-ME) * Cornyn (R-TX) * Craig (R-ID) * Domenici (R-NM) Gregg (R-NH) Hatch (R-UT) Hutchison (R-TX) Kyl (R-AZ) Lott (R-MS) * McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) * Smith (R-OR) Snow! e (R-ME) Stevens (R-AK) * Warner (R-VA)
Bush is insane!
I called Saxby and Johnny. Call your Senators-derail this thing.
Lots of activity - mail boxes full, lines busy - KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
TTHEY ARE OPEN UNTIL 6 P.M.
Establish now a prerequisite for candidates to the next Congress that they vow to reverse Immigration Reform passed by the present Congress, signed into law by the President, and that the next Congress and President uphold immigration laws in effect now.
They must be getting hammered. Just called, tried to get through to 5 different offices—all busy. Will keep trying. Thx for posting.
I already called my senators today. I better not hear of either of them fliping on this!
* Alexander (R-TN) Bennett (R-UT) * Cochran (R-MS) * Coleman (R-MN) * Collins (R-ME) * Cornyn (R-TX)
Cornyn? Looks like some of our "heroes" are speaking out of both sides of their mouths.
KEEP CALLING, FOLKS!!!
KEEP CALLING, FOLKS!!!
KEEP CALLING, FOLKS!!!
Wolfie started the current hour with a header about the immigration bill ‘granting immediate legal status to illegals’.
I would have fallen out of my chair, except I wasn’t sitting down. I couldn't believe CNN would headline a report with that admission. That diametrically counters what Kennedy, Specter, Bush, Snow, McCain, Graham, Feinstein, have been saying. And that revelation came on CNN. Wow!
Wolfie went on to interview Sen. DeMint. DeMint stated that they (those opposing this current bill) were waiting for the Bush Admin to 1) secure the border and build the fence approved last session, and 2) push the states to institute the ID program approved last session.
ID program — last session?
I caught Tony spinmeister Snow on FoxNews this morning. He was pushing the current bill because ‘we need a Federal ID to be able to identify who’s who’.
Snow says we need an ID program and it is in the new bill. However, DeMint said they got an ID program last session, but the Bush Administration hasn’t bothered to implement it.
So, who is spinning?
I have been watching CNN now for nearly 50 minutes, and no mention of Paris Hilton. I’m going to stay with CNN for a while. FoxNews can cover Paris and Anna’s boyfriend, etc.
DeMint seemed to think Bush's push today did not sway anyone. DeMint said that most of 'flack' to Bush at the luncheon came from those 'supporting the bill'. LOL
Lott’s the one who basically threw a hissy-fit and said if they couldn’t pass this bill they might as well dissolve congress and all go home.
We are watching something quite defining: Although the President and every lawmaker knows that the huge majority of American people do not want amnesty or anything close to amnesty for illegals, they are on the verge of ramming such legislation down our throats! On this issue will rest our faith in ‘representative government.’ If it responds as it should, and secures the borders absolutely, and sets up committees to study the best ways of dealing fairly and humanely with decent, working, law-abiding illegals, then we can breathe a sigh of relief and take some pride in our form of government. If the current, seriously flawed sell-out of the American people is passed into law, we need to identify every lawmaker who voted for it, and, then, we need to vote him/her out of office at the first opportunity. No matter what other positions that person has taken, he/she must be removed!
It looks like the graphical representation of nuclear strikes from the movie WarGames, and is about the same effect.
I also made the point that we have plenty of immigration laws on the books right now that are being ignored, what's the point in passing another useless law.