Thursday, May 25, 2006

The House hears, will the Senate listen?

The backlash against the Senate amnesty bill is so powerful, even liberal House Republicans say they will stand tough:

Liberal House Republicans are taking an increasingly tough stance on immigration reform and are more determined than ever to delete the portions of the Senate bill that grant citizenship rights to more than 10 million illegal aliens.
"I don't want to see a bill come to the floor of the House that gives them a path to citizenship," said Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut, one of the most liberal Republicans in Congress.
This is a change from three weeks ago, before Mr. Shays attended 18 community meetings in his district, where the questions invariably turned to immigration. At the first meeting, he told a group of constituents that he supported providing a path to citizenship to illegals. Not anymore.
"There were real questions about that," Mr. Shays said yesterday. "There is not much tolerance for allowing people to become citizens who came here illegally."
It's the same reaction many House Republicans in moderate and liberal districts have had after hearing from angry constituents in recent weeks, said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, the former chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee who can cite encyclopedic knowledge of congressional districts off the top of his head.
"It is the hottest issue out there," he said, referring to public reaction nationwide, including his own moderate district in Northern Virginia. "Everywhere I go, even the ethnic groups, everybody is talking about this."
Now look at what Crazy Cousin John says about Sen. Jeff Sessions and Sen. Wayne Allard in this story:
The Senate yesterday rejected an effort to block its immigration-reform bill because of concerns by some senators that the proposal to grant citizenship rights to about 10 million illegal aliens would cost federal taxpayers more than $50 billion. ....

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, accused Mr. Allard and Mr. Sessions of using budget concerns as an excuse to kill the legislation.
"We have voted several times over the past week and a half to affirm the intent of this body to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill," Mr. McCain said before voting to waive the rules. "It's clear to me that the senators from Colorado and Alabama are not nearly as interested at saving money in our budget as they are to sink the bill."