Thursday, October 25, 2007

DREAM Act blocked! Praise God... 44 Senators stand with Americans

ONCE more the American people have had to beat back the "amnesty for illegals" and the "give-aways" some elected folks are determined to give to those who break our laws. How many times do we have to scream: ENFORCE our existing laws; and BUILD the darn FENCE! In growing demonstration of the corruption and incompetence of the Democrat "leadership"??? "anti-American" machine, the group doing the biding of illegal aliens against the good of "we the people", somehow a group of senators from both sides of the political aisle stood together as Americans and blocked S.2205, Dream Act blocked by split Senate. From the news article by Stephen Dinan, posted October 25, 2007: (emphasis and a few comments added.)
The Senate yesterday blocked the Dream Act, a bill to legalize illegal-alien students — the second major immigration bill to be stopped this year and a signal that this Congress is too stalemated to pass any bill that offers a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. "A lot of senators concluded that from the last vote: Citizenship is not on the table anymore," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, who led the opposition to the Dream Act and who said the failure earlier this year of President Bush's broad legalization bill has fundamentally moved the debate toward the right. Yesterday's vote was 52-44, with supporters falling eight votes shy of the 60 needed to bring the bill to the floor. Supporters said they couldn't overcome the "bigotry and hatred" that have dominated the debate over the past few months. [Now "bigotry and hatred" is a cheap shot at racist name-calling trype. What about simply following our laws and sending the kiddies back to grandma and grampa?] "This debate has changed. What has happened is there are people who are using this issue politically and creating a lot of fear," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who sponsored the Dream Act. "It's about confusion, distortion, vitriol." [It ain't no fear, Turban Durbin, it's just wanting to follow the law and make all illegals leave to enter legally. We do have a process in place, yes? Enacted by YOU!] He said it took courage for senators to vote with him. [What comedy and hubris!] .....The bill would have given those people conditional green cards, with an eventual chance for citizenship. "I do not think we ought to cherry-pick and take the pressure off comprehensive immigration reform," said Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican. [And I think Specter should be soundly beaten in his next bid for re-election.] That doesn't mean senators won't try. Several have vowed to offer a bill to legalize illegal-alien agriculture workers and create a guest-worker program for other agriculture workers. Both House and Senate lawmakers hope to pass a bill increasing the number of visas available for high-skilled science and technology workers. [Could it be we aren't educating high-skilled workers anymore?] Mr. Durbin, though, said yesterday's vote may cause him to have to oppose the technology bill, which would apply to what's known as the H-1B visa program. [Yippee! Go get 'em, Dick!] "The people who are anxious for H-1Bs should have been standing in a chorus of support for the Dream Act," Mr. Durbin said. "There's a growing sentiment among many of us that if we are going to deal with immigration in a just, fair (fair to whom?) way, ...." Meanwhile, Republicans argue no immigration bills should pass until the federal government has proved it has sealed the border and begun enforcing laws against employers who hire illegal aliens. In yesterday's vote, 12 Republicans joined 38 Democrats and two independents in voting to bring the bill to the floor, while eight Democrats joined 36 Republicans in opposing it. [These are the ones we need to support.]
There were some surprises among the senators who did not vote. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is running for president and suffering among conservative primary voters for his position on immigration, did not vote, though he was in the chamber just minutes earlier for two other votes on a judicial nomination. [McCain knows a "yea" vote would sink him. Bravery...indeed.] Three Democrats running for president — Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr. — all voted for the act, while another, Sen Christopher J. Dodd, missed all of yesterday's votes. In an official statement of policy the White House made clear Mr. Bush has a number of problems with the bill, including creating a "special class of illegal aliens" and offering a perpetual amnesty, rather than a one-time forgiveness. The White House said the Dream Act could legalize felons, would allow newly legalized residents to jump the existing immigration line, and would open the system up to document fraud — all charges Republicans aimed at Mr. Bush's own bill earlier this year. Still, while he has issued frequent veto threats on a number of Democratic bills, Mr. Bush did not vow to veto this measure.
~~~~~~~~~~ All together now, "could legalize felons, would allow newly legalized residents to jump the existing immigration line, and would open the system up to document fraud" so says the White House to a bill it might sign into law if it came to the president's desk.....parallel universe, any one? Now here's the vote - to decide to end debate and bring it to the floor for a vote. The vote to end debate failed and the bill will not come to the floor for a vote. This was another amnesty bill, call it whatever you will... U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 1st Session Vote Summary Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider S. 2205 ) Vote Number: 394 Vote Date: October 24, 2007, 12:27 PM Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected Measure Number: S. 2205 Measure Title: A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes. Vote Counts: YEAs 52 NAYs 44 Not Voting 4 Grouped By Vote Position - The ANTI-American Citizen folks who voted to end debate so that our tax dollars could be spent sending ILLEGAL to state colleges at our expense and rob our children of spaces in the college - all at "in-state" tuition costs plus incidentals such as books, and dorms, and probably pocket change as well. NOT Voting - 4 Let's get this right on the table: Boxer (D-CA) Dodd (D-CT) Kennedy (D-MA) McCain (R-AZ) YEAs ---52 Akaka (D-HI) Bayh (D-IN) Bennett (R-UT) Biden (D-DE) Bingaman (D-NM) Brown (D-OH) Brownback (R-KS) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Clinton (D-NY) Coleman (R-MN) Collins (R-ME) Craig (R-ID) Durbin (D-IL) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Hagel (R-NE) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Hutchison (R-TX) - this vote will look good when she runs for governor of Texas. Inouye (D-HI) Johnson (D-SD) Kerry (D-MA) Klobuchar (D-MN) Kohl (D-WI) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI) Lieberman (ID-CT) Lincoln (D-AR) Lott (R-MS) Lugar (R-IN) Martinez (R-FL) Menendez (D-NJ) Mikulski (D-MD) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Nelson (D-NE) Obama (D-IL) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Salazar (D-CO) Sanders (I-VT) Schumer (D-NY) Snowe (R-ME) Stabenow (D-MI) Webb (D-VA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wyden (D-OR) NAYs ---44 Voting FOR American citizens and for and in defense of the American taxpayer!
Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY) Baucus (D-MT)
Bond (R-MO) Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC) Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS) Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND) Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY) Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ) Landrieu (D-LA)
McCaskill (D-MO) McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK) Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)Smith (R-OR)
Specter (R-PA) Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH) Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD) Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH) Warner (R-VA)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beach Girl - The slip up in the construction ("try opposition to" for "demonstration of" (your) sentence below gives rise to an interesting inference. Anyway, I know what you meant, and I thank you for listing how the senators voted; some votes surely surprised me. The lists demonstrates that the line that separates political ideology is not always as straight as some wish to believe. That's why I avoid labels, especially those that disparage. Orrin Hatch a democratic scoundrel and Robert Byrd a good-guy conservative??!! And by the way, I'me sort of glad the measure failed.

"In growing demonstration of the corruption and incompetence of the Democrat "leadership"??? "anti-American" machine, the group doing the biding of illegal aliens against the good of "we the people", somehow a group of senators from both sides of the political aisle stood together as Americans and blocked S.2205."

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