UPDATE: As expected, the Senate has invoked cloture on the Hoeven/Corker substitute amendment, paving the way for final passage later this week. The yeas and nays were 67-27. Expect to hear a lot of heated rhetoric like this directed at the House in the coming days. That pressure may die down a bit over the next few weeks due to various recesses and other looming legislative fights. For a list of Republicans who voted for cloture, see these tweets.
The Senate is scheduled to debate S. 744, The Teddy Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act, on Monday afternoon. A vote on the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment is scheduled at 5:30pm Eastern. The debate is over the infamous Gang of Eight's immigration bill in which only those who have broken the law and special interest groups win; the American taxpayer/citizen loses. Your help is needed in this fight. Contact your senator immediately and demand they vote against the amendment.
Fox News reports:
The most pivotal moment yet in the immigration reform debate comes this afternoon during a 5:30 p.m. ET procedural vote in the Senate.
It's a cloture vote, designed to curb debate. But the vote will be viewed as a key test as to whether the Senate can approve the immigration bill ... perhaps in the next week.
The Senate has debated various aspects of the bill for a couple weeks now. But like all pieces of legislation, the challenge is finding the "sweet" spot. That seems to have happened in the past few days, thanks in part to a border security amendment crafted by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D. -- with some behind-the-scenes engineering from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Known colloquially as the "border surge," the 119-page amendment would amp up security on the U.S. border with Mexico and double Border Patrol forces.
This amendment is key to potential passage of the Gang of 8 immigration plan because it seems to unlock a significant tranche of Republican votes. Republicans have long been skeptical about immigration reform -- unless someone propounds a feasible solution for first securing the border. In the eyes of many Republican senators, the Corker-Hoeven amendment does just that.
So Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., teed up the most significant vote on immigration reform in the Senate in years for today. Reid latched the Corker/Hoeven plan to a refined amendment offered by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
This is the "test." If the plan marshals more than 60 votes, the immigration bill could very well find itself on a pathway to passage.
Not only are they watching to see if they can garner 60 votes, but they want to see how many more than 60 votes they can get.
RINO Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Fox News Sunday, "I think we're on the verge of getting 70 votes. We're very, very close to getting 70 votes."
The higher the vote total, the less pressure on supporters of this bill. While it does not halt debate on the bill, it will limit debate to an additional 30 hours.
The particular amendment being voted on today is 119 pages long! The immigration bill has grown from 844 pages, to the adjusted nearly 2000 pages! That's 1,200 pages! While it has been ready since the end of May. That is still roughly 3.5 weeks to read through 1,200 pages in addition to the other legislation the Senate looks at. You know these guys aren't reading it. They've already demonstrated that.
Michelle Malkin rightly points out:
The U.S. Constitution does not say that the paramount duty of government is to "Celebrate Diversity" or to "embrace multiculturalism" or to give "every willing worker" in the world a job. The Premable to the U.S. Constitution does not say the Republic was established to keep illegal alien families together, provide illegal alien college tuition discounts, or promote immigrant welfare magnets. It says the Constitution was established "to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."
Our founding fathers recognized that fulfilling these fundamental duties is impossible without an orderly immigration and entrance system that discriminates in favor of those willing, as George Washington put it, to "get assimilated to our customs, measures, [and] laws."
Assimilation, not amnesty, is at the heart of the American experiment.
And "secure the border, period" — not "secure the border first" as a pesky precondition to a mass illegal alien bailout — is an ongoing, never-ending obligation of our government.
Border security is not something you finish and hastily check off a list in order to move on to another politically correct campaign promise. It is the most basic duty of government and it remains the federal government's biggest failure.
She also reminds us that Obama's idea of "smarter enforcement" on immigration is no enforcement.
These Senators want us to trust them with 2,000 pages (1,200 of them less than a month old) that will cost you and I not only money, but freedom in this country. Should we trust them? Not only no, but Hell no!
Therefore, it is our patriotic duty to stand up and make them aware that we are watching them and we are not going to sit by quietly while they sell us out to people whose first act in this country is to break the law.
Contact your senator here. Send them an email telling them you are demanding that they vote against the amendment and against the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill. Send them a fax. Call their offices. Do not surrender your future or the future of your children to illegal aliens and these turncoat elected officials.
UPDATE: From Townhall: The CBO has released a flash score just as the votes are slated to begin. They find that Hoeven/Corker would add $40 billion to deficits, compared to the original bill (which they say will reduce deficits by hundreds of billions). They've also determined that the resulting border and interior enforcement would "significantly" reduce the inflow of new illegal immigrants, though they didn't have the time to assign any numerical values along these lines. CBO previously determined that the original 'gang' legislation would have reduced incoming illegal immigration by 25 percent over its first ten years.
UPDATE: Here are your turncoat Republicans:
Hoeven, Corker, Graham, McCain, Chisea, Ayotte, Heller, Wicker, Kirk, Rubio, Hatch, Collins, Murkowski, Flake & Alexander.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.