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June 14, 2007

New Grand Bargain Worked Out -- The Even Grander Bargain! ; Amnesty Back On Senate Floor Next Week

They just don't get it. Some dogs take a couple of kicks before they get the picture. Others need to be, errrm, "brought to a nice big farm where they can run around and chase butterflies all day."

We need to send a bunch of our "representatives" to that nice big farm.

There will be primary challenges -- and the conservative base is strongly united on this issue. If you think Big Daddy NRC can save you, think again. They can toss you some money but guess what? They can't actually donate votes to you.

I'd vote for a goddmaned space mutant before I'll vote for an amnesty jagoff.

We'll cull you. And then we're repeal your goddamnable amnesty.

Details of the immigration compromise remain to be finalized, but top Democratic sources say Reid has closely monitored the behind-the-scenes dickering over policy changes and a finite list of amendments due for consideration. Based on the latest updates on the policy and amendments, Reid will approve the compromise and move late Thursday to put the bill back on the calendar for Senate consideration in the middle of next week.

"He's going to bless it and he's going to get the Senate back in the business of dealing with immigration," said a source in the Democratic Senate leadership.

The principal change to the bipartisan immigration compromise that Reid shelved last week is the addition of $4.4 billion in added border security spending. That money will be added to the base bill to return to the floor. Any other changes to the immigration bill will have to be made through the amendment process.

We've already lost Larry Criag, by the way, who cast a vote against cloture last time but this time has already announced he's voting in favor of it.

Here's something that will surprise you not at all:

... the conservative leaders of the anti-amnesty movement are refusing to cooperate, and won't give Mitch McConnell a list of amendments that they want considered. My source tells me that the reason for this is that the game has now been rigged. McConnell is essentially promising to bring the amendments up in exchange for cloture votes, but he's publicly saying that they will strip any problematic amendments out in committee.

In other words, if the bill gets through the Senate and the House, the Democrats and the open borders Republicans will work together when the bills have to be reconciled in committee to strip out any amendments that the "grand bargainers" don't like. Therefore, at this point, it doesn't matter what amendments pass, because any tough enforcement provisions slip through will be rendered toothless when the bills are reconciled.

My source also noted that the cloture vote to end debate will be the "real" vote on the bill because if debate is closed off, the bill is sure to pass. Then, what will happen is that the votes for the bill will be counted, and a few Senators who are afraid that their election prospects will be jeopardized by a "yes" vote, will be allowed to vote against the bill.

So, the amendments will all be blocked and those few that are passed will be immediately stripped out in conference. And then they're going to try fool us by voting yes to cloture (guaranteeing passage) but no on the actual bill, so they can claim they voted against it.

Wrong, fellas. We're smarter than that. A vote for cloture is a vote for the bill itself, and we will never allow you to peddle your shoddy lie to the public without challenge.


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