Why isn’t Washington’s second-most powerful Republican stopping amnesty?
According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), he is going to bring the immigration “reform” bill to the Senate floor next week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t planning on stopping him:
The Senate will begin considering the landmark immigration reform bill next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday morning.
“Even if we we’ve not completed action on the farm bill or the student loans proposals, we’re going to bring immigration to the floor next week. Immigration is broken, it needs to be fixed,” Reid said in his opening remarks on Tuesday.
Reid said it’s his understanding that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will allow the bill to come to the floor without having to clear a procedural vote, and Reid said he is “grateful” to his Republican colleague for not pushing for cloture.
In his opening remarks, McConnell did not mention the immigration bill.
Of course, this is coming from Senator Reid, not Senator McConnell, and it wouldn’t be the first time Senator Reid has misled in order to create political controversy. Tea Party Patriots – which supports real immigration reform that starts with border security, not amnesty – reached out to Senator McConnell’s office to clarify what the Senate Majority Leader said. While his office did not respond with a comment by press time, we can get an idea of the Senator’s intent from when he was on Fox News in May:
I’m undecided about the bill but I’m not undecided about the problem. The border is not secure and we need to fix it. I’ve not decided yet whether this is the bill to do that but we’ve got a seriously problem along the border we need to fix it.”
In other words, Senator McConnell is playing his cards close to the chest on this one. Which makes no sense, given that the Senator has to know better than almost anyone that the bill does not secure the border, will cost trillions once amnesty kicks in, and has the “train wreck” length and complexity that Obamacare did when it was being debated.
As any careful politician does, the Senator didn’t make a decision about opposing amnesty on Fox – but he did provide himself some solid political cover:
That’s the bill that will come to the Senate floor. The question is will it leave the senate floor. Will it fix the problem? I think we don’t know that at the beginning of the debate. The debate has to occur. It will occur over multiple weeks in June in all likelihood.
There should be no question by Senator McConnell. This bill is already likely to pass in its very flawed version, and unless it changes dramatically should be shot down. The fact that the Senate’s most powerful Republican is even considering voting for this monstrosity is problematic, to say the least.