Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Latest on the Amnesty legislation

As most of you know by now, the initial vote to continue to debate this bill passed in the Senate 64-35, which means that the initial effort to kill this horror of a bill has failed.

A number of Senators who previously voted to kill this switched sides, including Kit Bond
( R-MO), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Here's the roll call:

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Allard (R-CO), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Bayh (D-IN), Nay
Bennett (R-UT), Yea
Biden (D-DE), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Clinton (D-NY), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Coleman (R-MN), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Craig (R-ID), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dole (R-NC), Nay
Domenici (R-NM), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagel (R-NE), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Not Voting
Kennedy (D-MA), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lott (R-MS), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Obama (D-IL), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Smith (R-OR), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Sununu (R-NH), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (R-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Ye

Simply disgraceful.

A number of the flipfloppers had various reasons for jumping the fence, mostly geared around pet amendments they were promised if they allowed this to go to debate. A couple of these amendments have already bitten the dust today ; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (r-Tx) to require that illegal immigrants go home within two years in order to qualify for one of those renewable Z visas and Jim Webb's (d-VA), that would have allowed only those who had been in the country for at least four years to gain lawful status.

Once again, the amnesty proponents in the Senate are trying to rush through this flawed legislation. Votes on key amendments will continue today - but under a complex and controlled procedure designed to overcome objections by opponents of the bill. It will allow votes only on a limited list of 26 amendments before the next crucial vote on the bill tommorow, which needs 60 votes to cut off a filibuster.

President Bush is reportedly manning the phones non-stop, and Homeland Security Chief Nicholas Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Guttierez have reportedly virtually taken up residence on Capitol Hill, since they apparently have nothing better to do but lobby for this nonsense no matter what the majority of the American people think.

If you care about preserving our Republic, don't wait another minute. Call, fax and e-mail your senators and let them know that if they pass this abomination, not only will you not vote for them, but you will work for and give money to their opponents.

This transcends Liberal vs. Conservative and Democrat vs. Republican - DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Rosey said...

I did it. Didn't help. See my comments above. I also sent a copy to the Prez & Veep.