Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Crushed
Senate majority leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), although disappointed that the comprehensive immigration reform bill was defeated on a cloture vote (46-53), was glad that new friends were made and newfound trust was abundant in the Senate. From the Congressional Record after the crushing defeat of the cloture vote on the comprehensive immigration reform bill:
The majority leader is recognized.
Mr. REID. Mr. President, the vote has been cast. As I told a number of my Republican friends, even though the vote is disheartening to me in many ways, I think as a result of this legislative
work we have done in the last several months on this legislation, there have been friendships developed that were not there before, trust initiated that did not exist before. I say to my friends, Democrats and Republicans, this is a legislative issue. It will come back; it is only a question of when. We are only 6 months into this Congress. We have so much to do. Hopefully, this lesson we have all learned will be one where we recognize we have to work more closely together. I hope we can do that. I say to all of you, thank you very much for your patience—
the phone calls I have made; if I twisted arms, it was not very often. I so appreciate—I think I speak for all of us—being able to be part of this great Senate where we are able to participate
in decisions such as this.
What a load of crapola. The Democrats have been nothing more than obstructionists for the seven years George Bush has been President.
The fact is that Americans could see through the rhetoric by the President, Senator Teddy "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy (D-MA) and others who could not wait to give away our sovereignty. The phone calls, emails, letters, and the decibel level on talk radio put the fear of God into the Senate and America is still a sovereign nation.
Hopefully the President will now get off his throne and protect the border, as is his mandate. He should immediately hire more border patrol agents and, while the new agents are being trained, give the national guard that are currently on the border some ammunition and a true mission statement to PROTECT the border, not just watch it.
Unfortunately, I doubt if the President will get the message. He has become more clueless than his father.
Posted by Rick | June 28, 2007 10:05 AM