Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Immigration Bill Impasse

The Senate shows its dysfunction yet again. The Democrats are objecting to taking up amendments on the immigration bill, rather than permitting them to come up for debate and vote. In this procedural stance, bringing up an amendment requires the filing of a cloture motion - which is an entirely unworkable method of making progress.

Let the blame game commence.

3 Comments:

Blogger cboldt said...

Senator Sessions doing a bang-up job of rebutting the compormise bill, asserting it is 95% of what was in the McCain-Kennedy bill that was "rejected" (failed cloture) earlier today.

Senator Sessions earlier noted, and is repeating now, that this bill offends the Budget Bill, and will require a budget waiver. 12 billion dollars in 10 years for Medicaid and food stamp outlay. That's an increase.

4/06/2006 8:37 PM  
Blogger cboldt said...

Senator Craig's part is the AgWorker measure. It grants some sort of relaxation for workers in the agriculture industry, and legitimizes a practice that is presently illegal.

4/06/2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger cboldt said...

The immigration bill went into delay more with the defeat of two cloture motions earlier today.

The first of two motions declined to close debate on the Hagel/Martinez recommit, on a 38 - 60 vote. The second motion was on Frist's bill - border and interior enforcement with nothing relating to geust workers or assimilation. It too failed, 36 - 62.

Senator Frist filed a motion to reconsider on the Hagel/Martinez version, and the Senate may be able to get that one through when it returns after its Easter break.

4/07/2006 12:54 PM  

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