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Byrd to delay Senate vote
Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 19, 2002 | By Stephen Dinan

Posted on 03/18/2002 9:46:29 PM PST by JohnHuang2

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:52:08 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, yesterday said he will delay passage of border-security legislation because it now contains a provision of amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.

"It is lunacy sheer lunacy that the president would request, and the House would pass, such an amnesty at this time. That point seems obvious to the American people, if not to the administration," Mr. Byrd said on the Senate floor.


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1 posted on 03/18/2002 9:46:29 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
How the heck did we end up on the same side as this racist old Rat?
2 posted on 03/18/2002 9:48:28 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: Bogey78O
sh*t happens lol
3 posted on 03/18/2002 9:49:26 PM PST by StopDemocratsDotCom
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To: Bogey78O;Vallandigham
"This senator from West Virginia will not be pressured into passing legislation," he said. "Senators have a responsibility to consider and to thoroughly debate legislation that comes before it, especially legislation that raises as many concerns as Section 245(i). And I intend to raise those concerns that the administration chose not to address last week when the House acted on the 245(i) provision."

I NEVER thought I would applaud Robert Bird..Go Robert!

4 posted on 03/18/2002 9:50:06 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: JohnHuang2
Oh, THAT Senate vote. Drat!
5 posted on 03/18/2002 9:50:35 PM PST by dittomom
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To: Bogey78O
A pandering administration put us there.
6 posted on 03/18/2002 9:51:28 PM PST by RodgerD
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To: Bogey78O
I dunno. But I am cheering him on.
7 posted on 03/18/2002 9:52:19 PM PST by spectre
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To: JohnHuang2
The Democrats have been desperately seeking a wedge issue to hurt Bush with. Wouldn't it be sadly ironic if this is it?
9 posted on 03/18/2002 9:53:41 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: JohnHuang2
Maybe he can make up for his impeachment acquittal vote. No, nothing can make up for that.
10 posted on 03/18/2002 9:55:45 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: innocentbystander
Yea except the Dems aren't that upset with it's inclusion. They voted in greater numbers for it than Reps did.

If Bush is playing this he's playing it too tight and high stakes.

11 posted on 03/18/2002 9:56:25 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: JohnHuang2
If racist Byrd is against it, maybe we should reconsider our opposition?
12 posted on 03/18/2002 9:57:08 PM PST by GeronL
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To: doug from upland
Sure he can. Massive Stroke under a Republican governor.
13 posted on 03/18/2002 9:57:18 PM PST by Bogey78O
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To: innocentbystander
Move to the head of the class.
14 posted on 03/18/2002 9:57:55 PM PST by PRND21
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To: Bogey78O
It's fashionable now that anytime Bush abandons conservative principles and moves left, someone "explains" the grand scheme behind it all. Yeah, Bush really showed them Dems by removing any hope of school vouchers, didn't he? He'll sure fix their wagon by signing CFR!
15 posted on 03/18/2002 9:59:17 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: JohnHuang2
Bush is not so good at playing this political game as he thought he was. He has managed to alienate his base and now the democrats will get credit, thanks to Robert Byrd, of stopping his insane plan to give amnesty to illegal aliens. Bush is toast in 2004! Toast I tell you.
17 posted on 03/18/2002 10:01:28 PM PST by RickyJ
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To: JohnHuang2
Bless your heart Robert Byrd. Help us kill it and we'll let W. Va get all the pork you ask for!
18 posted on 03/18/2002 10:03:17 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: doug from upland
Mr. Byrd held up action in December on the legislation to increase border security, a measure taken in response to the September 11 attacks. The administration and House leaders had hoped attaching the amnesty provision would push the Democrat-controlled Senate to act, but instead it just fed Mr. Byrd's demand for a full debate on the bill.

The border-security provisions would reduce the number of visas issued to visitors from countries that sponsor terrorism, tighten the requirements on those entering on student visas and require federal agencies to share information through a common computer system so they can better track immigrants' movements. Three of the 19 air pirates in the attacks had overstayed their visas.

House members have voted twice to pass the border-security provisions, and Greg Crist, a spokesman for Mr. Armey, said it is time for the Senate to act.

"We're not sure why the senator would oppose something that builds on the existing network of security since [September 11]," Mr. Crist said. "It boggles our minds in the House, and we'll keep trying."

19 posted on 03/18/2002 10:04:33 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: RickyJ;innocentbystander;JohnHuang2
I am so confused now!

Bush and Rove pulled a smart move or was it a dumb move!

Maybe it depends on who the audience is?

Who will the Hispanics blame?

20 posted on 03/18/2002 10:05:12 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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