Today at 11:30 AM, the United States Senate will vote to end debate on the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill. That means pro-amnesty Republicans will have little more than 24 hours to find the right package of pork or policy necessary to secure the final two Republican votes they need to reach their goal of 70.
Stuck at 68
Yesterday, the Senate voted 69 – 29 in favor of the Corker-Hoeven amendment which spends an extra $38 billion on border security enforcement even though the Congressional Budget Office, and most immigration experts, say the bulk of future illegal immigration will come from lax interior enforcement. That 69-vote total, however, included a ‘yes’ vote from Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who has made it clear he is a firm ‘no’ on Schumer-Rubio for final passage (Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., did not vote yesterday but they are both expected to be ‘nos’ on final passage as well).
Backbiters and syndicators
As bitter as the debate between Republicans has been on the floor of the U.S. Senate (see Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., call Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Ned., “ill-informed” and accuse her of making “false statements” here), the real action on securing more votes for Schumer-Rubio is going on in the exact same place the legislation was written: behind closed doors.
Reporting on pro-amnesty Republican efforts to secure Sen. Rob Portman’s, R-Ohio, vote, Politico reported Wednesday, “The jostling also sheds light on the way bill proponents, and Senate leadership, have successfully shepherded the most significant piece of legislation this year: mostly via back channels and insider negotiations, with deals reached privately to lock up senators’ votes — rather than amendments adopted publicly on the Senate floor.”
DOA in the House
One wonders why pro-amnesty Republicans are even still pushing for their 70-vote goal especially since opposition to citizenship-for-illegal-immigrants is only strengthening in the House. The Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio reports that House Republican conservatives warned Wednesday they would move to oust Speaker John Boehner if he puts an immigration reform bill up for a vote that doesn’t have the support of a majority of GOP members.
“There gets to be a time when there is a straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., told Ferrechio at Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly question and answer event featuring a group of conservative lawmakers.
And at a closed door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday, Boehner again promised not to bring up the Senate bill. “We’ll do our own bill, through regular order and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent,”Boehner said, according to the Washington Post.
More than two weeks ago it was already clear Democrats had the 60 votes needed to pass Schumer-Rubio through the Senate. The time, and money, wasted trying to lure more Republicans into supporting the bill appears to have been completely wasted.
From The Washington Examiner
Editorial: Unions must tell workers they can demand refund of dues
Susan Ferrechio: Conservatives threaten to oust Boehner if he allows vote on immigration bill favored by Democrats
Phil Klein: Cruz tries to rid immigration bill of Obamacare tariff on hiring American citizens
Ashe Schow: House Republicans say party needs to stop ‘pandering’ to Hispanics on immigration
Conn Carroll: Immigration agents tell Rubio his bill is ‘de facto amnesty’
Richard Pollock: CFPB advisory board riddled with questionable appointees
Steve Contorno: Terry McAuliffe attacks Ken Cuccinelli on gay marriage but won’t fight for it
Susan Crabtree: More GOP senators join McCarthy warpath, as Democrats urge caution
Michael Barone: Republicans need not despair
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Bill Kristol advises conservatives to ‘just say no’ to comprehensive immigration reform.
Erick Erickson asks why Marco Rubio and the 14 other Republicans are embracing a socialist-authored government spending stimulus program.
National Review‘s symposium on the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decisions.
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