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Rand Paul: Gang of Eight bill will die in House

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., predicted that the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill will die in the House unless senators amend it with precise border security language, rather than delegating authority to President Obama and his adjutants.

“It’s a little like Obamacare,” Paul said during a Senate hearing on the bill while discussing border security and the number of provisions that the law allows political appointees to detail. “We should write it, not delegate it, because what’s going to happen in five years, if they don’t do their job . . . we will be blamed for the next 10 million people who come here illegally.”

Paul called for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to “consider having hearings where we actually physically take control of part of the bill and have amendments.”

The amendment process would not be used to load the bill with poison pills, Paul promised. “If it’s not any stronger than this, I don’t see it getting through the House,” he predicted.

Committee Chairman Tom Carper, D-Del., said he would consult with Senate leadership of both parties to see if that process could be started.

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