Rep. Steve Stockman Tells Boehner To Kill Senate Amnesty Bill With ‘Blue Slip’


Following the passage of the Senate's amnesty bill, Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. In the letter Stockman requested that Boehner immediately kill the Senate's bill, S. 774, though a constitutionally-required 'blue slip' resolution.

A 'blue slip' is a resolution that automatically returns to the Senate any bill that violates the origination clause of the United States Constitution.

Blue slip resolutions are immediately considered as a matter of constitutional privilege, are debatable for an hour and are not subject to amendment.

"Not only is the Senate amnesty bill an abuse of taxpayers and immigrants, it's utterly unconstitutional. The Senate cannot invent its own amnesty taxes," said Stockman. "I hope Speaker Boehner will immediately kill the amnesty bill through a constitutionally-required blue slip. As long as the amnesty bill sits in the House it poses a threat to taxpayers and immigrants."

Several provisions of the Senate amnesty bill create new taxes, a violation of the "origination clause," Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, which states "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills."

Section 2102 of the amnesty bill requires the payment of certain taxes and forgives the payment of other taxes as a condition of receiving amnesty and other benefits. The Constitution prohibits the Senate from approving bills that raise revenue.

Stockman also points to the Congressional Budget Office, which flatly states "enacting S. 744 would have a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Taken together, those effects would increase revenues by $459 billion over the 2014-2023 period."

Boehner has vowed that the Senate bill won't even be heard in the House, but they will craft their own bill.

Below is Stockman's letter to Boehner in full.

June 27, 2013

Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker,

When the House of Representatives receives S. 744, I hereby request that you raise a point of order that the legislation violates the origination clause of the United States Constitution; that "all Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."

Although there are other provisions in the bill which are in violation of the prerogatives of the House, the most obvious is section 2102 which requires the payment of certain taxes and forgives the payment of other taxes as a condition of receiving benefits under this legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis of S. 744, dated June 18, 2013, on page 44 states in part that "enacting S. 744 would have a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Taken together, those effects would increase revenues by $459 billion over the 2014-2023 period, according to estimates by JCT and CBO."

Therefore, I urge you to protect the origination clause and the intent of the Constitution by using the 'blue slip' to return S. 744 to the Senate.

I am grateful for your service to our nation in upholding the Constitution.

Warmest Regards,


Steve Stockman

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  • S W

    This not a matter of should they Blue Slip - rather, legally, they MUST BLUE SLIP DEMAND IT Americans - everyday, all day and in every way you can reach these two. Trust me, they are planning on sneaking this by us this month (September) when they cancelled their recess time. NO AMNESTY WHATSOEVER!!!

  • Paolo Moleman

    The GOP House better kill this amnesty or the Repub Party is toast. Time for a third party if Boehner does not kill it. Kill the amnesty then go after ObamaCare with a sledgehammer.

  • Susan

    Blue slip NOW or pink slip next November...your choice.

  • warpsix

    I like the Idea, but Boehner needs a set of balls .

  • S Bard

    It seems to me that this bill is unconstitutional because it doesn't treat everyone evenly. It should be rejected.

  • rosech

    Boehner likes to make sound bites that sound good, and then he goes with the Demos and Obama. He needs to be replaced NOW! A blue slip is great, but just repeal any bill for amnesty. Might want to check this out: http://conservativebyte.com/2013/06/wait-until-the-gop-finds-out-illegals-dont-want-amnesty/n NOTE: Check why illegals do not want amnesty. Ironic as can be. Send to your reps, I did.

  • John Patriot

    This bill will create a perpetual democratic voting machine.
    If I could receive the same treatment as the illegal aliens are entitled to and if they had to suffer the same consequences I have to regarding this bill, I wouldn't complain. This bill is like a giant block of Swiss Cheese, it violates the constitution and limits judges to hear a case against this bill.

    Nowhere in this act prohibits them from owning or possessing firearms, but I am subject to never ending gun bans everywhere. They are treated as if they received a personal invitation to this country (and they did) to break the law and I have to worry that I may violate a law somewhere by not catering to them. I have to press one to speak English and they can demand an interpreter. They pay nothing for unlimited healthcare and we will be fined if we don't have insurance. We should just adopt the immigration law of Mexico.

  • Anthony Butler

    How about PINK-slipping Boehner?

  • sneeter

    Kill the bill...love it. Enforce the laws that are NOT being enforced NOW!!! Stupid senators.

  • gregzotta

    The proponents of this amnesty bill claim it is to bring the 11 million
    illegals “out of the shadows.” They claim they will pay a fine, pay taxes, not
    be eligible for Obamacare and will go back to the end of the line.

    First off, there are more than 11 million illegals in this country with
    more to come.Let’s just use their numbers for the sake of discussion. What will
    the fine be and what if they cannot pay? Will they be deported or will the fine
    be waived; or more likely subsidized? As
    for paying taxes; many of these illegals are low skilled, working low wage jobs
    and if you believe Jeb Bush are more fertile than legal white American
    citizens. Therefore, they will not be paying any income taxes. In fact, they
    will be getting tax credits i.e. money from the taxpayers, unless our tax
    system is changed, which it should to a flat tax or fair tax.

    These illegals, according to the
    proponents will not be eligible for Obamacare, however that does not mean they
    will not be treated, unless they change the law regarding treatment; wherein
    the medical facility can refuse treatment. What are the chances of that
    happening? And wasn’t that one of the
    reasons they gave for giving us the abomination that is Obamacare. Then there
    will be the employers who will be terminating many legal Americans, replacing
    them with the illegals due to Obamacare.

    Then they claim the illegals will have to get back to the end of the
    line. The end of the line should be their country of origin and it could be
    accomplished without passing this monstrous “Amnesty” bill. The Government just
    needs to enforce current immigration laws and deport them when found. If these
    illegals are allowed to stay; what happens to the people who are trying to come
    to this country legally? Will they be allowed to enter or will they have to
    wait and be punished for trying to do it the right way? If a law is not
    enforced, is it a law? The illegals
    should not be rewarded for bad behavior. They need to be deported. Granted,just
    like the illegals did not get here all at once; the Government is not going to
    round up the 11+million all at once and deport them. Nevertheless, the Government can let it be
    known that when the illegals are found, they will be deported. Then most of
    them would probably self deport. Otherwise, what do you say to the people who
    went through the process and gained access or are trying to gain access to this country legally? There is no reason
    to pass this monstrous "immigration/amnesty" bill, just enforce the
    laws already on the books.

    • Paolo Moleman

      they will get ObamaCare and every benefit you can think off plus full citizenship the day after this amnesty passes - if the House does not kill it. Kill the amnesty now.

  • gregzotta

    Who are those supporting the Immigration/amnesty
    bill?

    Democrat/Statists look to the illegal immigrants as
    votes.

    Union Bosses look to the illegal immigrants as dues
    paying members.

    Corporatists look to the illegal immigrants as cheap
    labor.

    Churches look to illegal immigrants as contributing
    parishioners.

    Establishment/RINO Republicans look to be liked by illegal
    immigrants.

    Illegal immigrants themselves looking for stuff.

  • taylorRod

    it's exhausting. every day they take another bite out of the constitution and the citizenry. like the old movie title EACH DAWN I DIE -- i wake up each day and read the Drudge Report and see what new atrocity has occurred. the left is utterly relentless. it must make sure at every turn that all leaks of light, even the accidental pinholes, must be covered up with lies, lest their fantasy matrix collapse.

  • HongryHawg

    Your ball, Mr. Speaker.

    • Ann Swaim Dailey

      But he has none!!!

  • James Maxwell

    Boehner will whine and cry while he gets drunk and the give in to the "unbelievable
    pressure" from the left. To say he is worthless is a mild understatement but typical
    of the GOP so called leadership we are seeing. This is a time when the TEA party
    members will have to rise in 2014 and replace those RINO's we are saddled with
    that have put our nation at risk. Never had we been in such peril as we are currently
    with the lies and decite we have in our so called leaders. This plan has been coming
    for along time and they can taste victory and our destruction. The POS in the white
    house has shucked and jived the black community, liberals and other to think
    he is their savior. What they fail to realize is he is a muzzie who will laugh when
    his fellow head slammers attack our nation with weapons we have provided while
    our forces and weapons have been reduced to make us vulnerable .

    • Ann Swaim Dailey

      The question is: CAN WE WAIT TIL 2014? Will we be completely destroyed by these idiots by then? I cannot imagine the Union holding together with so many TRAITORS working so hard to destroy the nation, and so many spineless-ball-less traitors like Boehner who will not oppose them!

    • chamuiel

      By 2014, it just may be too late. The amnesty bill will already be passed. If The House does not stop it in 2013, we gone.

    • Geeka Liberty

      I certainly agree

    • Paolo Moleman

      Then the House conservatives need to remove him and Cantor now. If he even thinks about it - remove Boehner. They can and have enough conservatives to remove him. Kill the amnesty.

    • James Maxwell

      There are several RINO's and weak kneed members of the GOP
      who need to be replace as soon as possible with true conservative
      who are willing to fight for our nation. We do not see this in the long
      time members who are more interested in getting reelected than
      protecting the rights of the people. We need real American citizens
      who believe in the U.S. Constitution and the rights of the people. They
      must be willing to stand against the attack by the left and defend our
      nation against the liberals, moderates and others who would destroy
      our nation, our morals and our liberty.

  • LYNCH

    STOCKMAN!!!! WHOO-HOO! YOU GO BOY!

  • Kathleen3

    Kudos to Stockman.

  • becky

    Speaker Boehner: Here's MY letter. We have all the laws on the books we require to deal with ILLEGAL immigration. ENFORCE them! Quit trying to offer amnesty. You are SUPPOSED to be on OUR side - NOT the democrats.

    • Nance51

      The Dems tell him "the Republicans should ....." and Boehner follows their lead as if their suggestions are TRULY meant to actually HELP the Republican party. What an idiot!

    • becky

      Hi Nance51. I'm inclined to think he is one of the Commie enabling 'RINOs'. ie, he IS a communist and is with them hoping to be in the upper echelons of the One World Order. At this point I believe he is a traitor to our side. I might be wrong but I find it hard to believe ANYONE can be THAT stupid.

    • John Probst

      or blackmailed and threatened like Roberts

    • becky

      Could be John but I don't think blackmail would make him act so damned stupidly. That usually makes one not act at all.

  • Chuck Meyer

    I agree with the blue slip assuming the bill does indeed contain a revenue measure. What I don't understand is why a Congressman would need to make a big issue out of a procedural hurdle before it happens. When it happens, you will get due credit anyway. Several members have already said the House would be drafting its own bill and ignoring the Senate Bill. Neither House is compelled to consider legislation of the other House. So this blue slip procedure, while appropriate, does nothing to change the underlying bill, which the House was going to ignore anyway. The only way to kill the Senate bill is to ignore it, or defeat it. While the blue slip process is important to remind the Senate of the limitations on its powers, it does not accomplish anything substantive. It is not like the Senate legislation is going to lose votes when the revenue raising provisions are removed. . This is manufactured news that no one need pay attention to. Nothing here folks, keep on moving.

    • Judith Bailey

      I did not know this and I think that it is good that the American citizens are made aware of what the Senate is trying to do. What is wrong with the Senate? Either they are ignorant of their own power or they just do not care. Look at Obamacare which originated in the Senate and raised taxes.

    • Jack Parker

      The operative word in your paragraph is "ignorant". But you left out stupid, insane, lying, criminally naive or all the above.

    • Paolo Moleman

      They are not stupid or naive. The Senate knows exactly what it is doing. I get tired of conseravtives saying Rubio or McCain have been duped. The blue slip would send it back to the senate and they would have to re-do it. The House cannot pass anything and go to conference or it is over.

    • sha49tn

      If they blue slip the Senate's bill, it nullifies it, & voids it. The Senate has to start from scratch.

    • chamuiel

      You only hope the House ignores the current amnesty bill being passed to them to consider. There is no proof they won't also pass it.

  • steved21

    Mr. Bonehead: Thank you for killing the bill (assuming you keep your word), but instead of crafting a new law that means nothing, how about resolving to ENFORCE the ALREADY EXISTING laws from the '86 legislation - like building a damn fence!

    • The_Questman

      Hear, Hear. Enforce existing laws and impeach the man who has ordered immigration laws ignored by executive fiat.

    • John Probst

      you must mean Baby Bush?? Most of the globalist nonsense from ObaMao started with Cheney's Boy

    • taylorRod

      quoting from mccain's television ad in his last senate campaign when he cynically posed as a border security guy -- you meant -- finish the danged fence.

    • 7papa7

      Not real familiar with Steve Stockman but he is looking better and better the more I hear from him.

  • Stop the Magnet

    TWITTER BONER EVERYDAY...BLUE SLIP 744