“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation” -James Madison

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Senate Repubs blow it again

Senator Isakson proposed an amendment to the immigration bill that would prohibit the granting of legal status to any illegal immigrant UNTIL the border security measures addressed in Section 233 are fully completed and fully operational. m?congress=109&session=2&vote=00121#top

It failed.

Here's why:


  1. Bennett (R-UT)
  2. Brownback (R-KS) -- wants to run for president?
  3. Chafee (R-RI)
  4. Coleman (R-MN)
  5. Collins (R-ME)
  6. Craig (R-ID)
  7. Graham (R-SC)
  8. Hagel (R-NE)
  9. Lugar (R-IN)
  10. Martinez (R-FL)
  11. Murkowski (R-AK)
  12. Shelby (R-AL)
  13. Snowe (R-ME)
  14. Specter (R-PA)
  15. Stevens (R-AK)
  16. Voinovich (R-OH)
  17. Warner (R-VA)


  1. Cochran (R-MS)
  2. Gregg (R-NH)
  3. Lott (R-MS)
  4. McCain (R-AZ) -- also wants to be president?

This vote was a travesty -- a completely sensible requirement to enforce
our border measures before any amnesty or guest worker provisions happen

Here are some Dems who for once looked at the United States' interest first
and voted for the amendment:

  1. Byrd (D-WV)
  2. Conrad (D-ND)
  3. Dorgan (D-ND)
  4. Landrieu (D-LA)
  5. Nelson (D-NE)
  6. Stabenow (D-MI)
  7. Wyden (D-OR)

Congratulations and thanks to these Dems for crossing over and doing the right thing when even the Republicans couldn't support their own.

Alabama's Senator Sessions was on Bennett's morning show today discussing the amendment and vote. He pointed out how the failure of this amendment was going to be a fundamental problem when the bill goes to conference with the House, since the House's position IS border-control first.

All in all, this is a ridiculous position for the Nay-voters to take, and I urge all Redstaters to contact their senators who voted against this amendment. We must remove them at the primaries at the next available opportunity.


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