Amnesty Vote at 5:30 Call Senators NOW!
June 24, 2013
Your Senators will be voting at 5:30 (ET) today on a bill that in all likelihood they have not read! The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment is nothing but a fig leaf that promises strong border security but is full of loopholes to ensure the border never gets secured. It does not fix any of the problems in the underlying Gang of Eight bill, in fact, it adds to the cost and only makes the bill worse.
The amendment is an insult to the Senate and to the American people. It was filed around 2:00 p.m. last Friday as Senators were leaving town, and handwritten changes to the bill were being made even after Harry Reid filed a Cloture motion on it. Cloture is the motion to end debate, so he filed to end debate on a bill that was still being written — before anyone had a chance to fully read it!
Senators who favor the bill have been defending it and accusing those criticizing it with lying, but click here (PDF) to read the truth about the bill from the people who have been poring over it all weekend, not just coming up with talking points to defend it on Sunday talk shows, hoping people won’t read it.
Senator David Vitter issued this statement (PDF) this morning urging Harry Reid not to shut down Senate debate with this buy-off amendment, but to continue to allow amendments in an open and transparent process, as the Gang of Eight promised and as the American people deserve.
Thirteen Senators joined Vitter’s statement:
|Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
John Boozman (R-AR)
|Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
John Thune (R-SD)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
If your Senators have joined this statement, please call and thank them. If not, call and urge other Senators them to stand with the “Gang of 14” who are standing up for the American people demanding an open and transparent Senate debate on the Gang of Eight, not just political payoffs!