Immigration Bill Ver. 2.0

A week after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill off the floor due to the vote being blocked by congressional Goppers, it looks like the bill is back on its way up the Hill.

With Bush doing his best to bring as many Republicans as he can to the table, it was most likely the working of Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who both were tasked with whipping the votes and putting the ammendments in the bill that would make it feasible for a second chance at life.

But the quote of the hour in this case goes to Senator Trent Lott:

Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”
At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”

A sentiment that rings particularly true in the light of recent polling that suggests that not only do a majority of Americans have no problem with the so-called “Amnesty” portion of the bill (which, among other things, requires a five thousand dollar fine, cheap amnesty, huh?), but a majority of Republicans as well.

The fate of the bill, however, is not certain. One hopes that there’s enough support to get it through, but with something this heatedly debated, we’ll have to wait until next week for our final answer.

But if not, I think we are beginning to see a pattern on the part of the Democrats here. With only a very slim majority, and a Republican in the White House, it is highly difficult for Dems in the Senate to push through much of anything. But it is possible that they are going to bring as much to the floor as they can to at least make it clear that Republicans are standing in opposition to things Americans want, like, apparently, immigration reform, or, perhaps, an end to the war in Iraq.

I know that’s what I would do, anyway.

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