North Dakota senator John Hoeven, one of the co-writers of the supposedly tougher border enforcement amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill, appeared Wednesday night on radio host Hugh Hewitt's nationally syndicated show. Once Hewitt began questioning Hoeven on the details of the border fence provisions of his amendment, the Republican senator had a tough time responding:
“The best place to be in public life is voting ‘no’ on something that passes,” said Peter Roskam, the Illinois Republican and chief deputy whip in the House of Representatives. “Right? Because you go to everybody, the people who were opposed to it, you say, ‘Well, I was opposed to it.’ The people who were in favor of it, you say, ‘It wasn’t good enough.’ Voting no on something that passes is a very good life.”
In what's being called the first "test vote" on the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration bill, the Senate Monday evening passed a motion to invoke cloture on the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the bill, 67 to 27.
Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, asked on the Senate floor why the body should vote to give majority leader and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid "procedural control" over the debate over the Gang of Eight's immigration bill. Sessions, speaking Monday afternoon against a motion to close debate on the bill, pointed out that the so-called Corker-Hoeven border security amendment to the immigration bill isn't really an amendment at all.
Speaking about Hong Kong's decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden leave, without handing him over to American authorities, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that "we find their decision particularly troubling." Carney added that their decision "unquestionably has a negative impact" on U.S.-Hong Kong relations, and called it a "setback."
Senator Bernard Sanders (“Bernie” to his friends) describes his party status as "independent." He caucuses with the Democrats and is reliably to the left on any matter of importance. As, for instance, immigration. So he is a "yes" on the great big bill that will fix everything and that nobody has time to read.
President Barack Obama uses his weekly address to tout the immigration bill that's currently being debated in the Senate. "It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law," Obama contends.
The authors of the Senate immigration bill are now openly admitting that citizenship for illegal immigrants — already a bridge too far — is no longer even being linked to strengthening the border. As Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner, Sen. Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.), a member of the Gang of Eight, told National Journal, “We have de-linked a pathway to citizenship and border enforcement.”