You can still stop the immigration bill
After the passage of the immigration “reform” bill through the Senate Judiciary Committee 13-5, it seemed as though the immigration bill might have easier passage in the full Senate than previously anticipated.
According to Politico, however, that is not the case:
One of the chief authors of the Senate’s Gang of Eight immigration bill is still hunting around for 60 votes in his chamber.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said in an interview… that the Gang of Eight does not have the votes necessary to break a potential filibuster on the Senate floor — at least right now.
However, we can’t let up on Tea Party pressure against a bill that does not secure the border and sets the stage for massive further costs to entitlements, among other flaws:
Democrats hold 55 votes in the Senate, and there are four members of the Gang of Eight who are Republicans. But not all Democratic votes are assured – particularly those of senators who hail from more conservative states.
And while the bill’s proponents picked up one more Republican vote in the committee… from Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch – he said his vote is not guaranteed on the Senate floor unless lawmakers adopt his four amendments concerning tax and benefit provisions.
One of the biggest problems with this bill is its misleading representation of costs. While backers argue it will be a net positive for the American economy and federal budget, they have no evidence to support their position. The Heritage Foundation, for example, found the long-term costs of the bill’s amnesty provision will total $6.3 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office hasn’t even done a long-term estimate of costs, or even its normal 10-year estimate. The latter is due in June, but The Hill reports on how the bill’s backers are getting around this projection:
The Gang of Eight has written its bill in a way to postpone federal benefits for the vast majority of immigrants beyond the next 10 years. This pushes the biggest costs beyond the budget-scoring window used by the CBO.
As your Senators tour their states this week, make sure they know you’re around. They need to know that securing the border is the first step in any legitimate immigration reform. America also needs a full representation of the actual costs of immigration “reform,” not just a 10-year estimate that, like Obamacare, details a fraction of the real costs they’re asking us to pay for.