Reid Calling Senators Out On Carpet

The one thing that makes me happy about the immigration bill is that it makes no one happy. This is nice because if the Democrats are screwing it up, at least so are the Republicans, so no one wins. Personally, I still say we should open up them borders!

But that will never happen, so I’m stuck hoping for the next best thing, a very complex compromise in the Senate in which no one on either side is happy. I mean, if conservatives are grumbling, then there has to be at least something good in it for me. Am I right or am I right?

Whatever the case, Senate Majority Leader Reid is calling the immigration bill back up to the floor, and while he’s at it, he’s calling the OBSTRUCTIONIST republican senators out on the carpet right along with it

The Honorable John CornynThe Honorable David VitterThe Honorable Elizabeth DoleThe Honorable Jeff SessionsThe Honorable Jim DeMintUnited States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senators Cornyn, Vitter, Dole, Sessions and DeMint:
Thank you for writing to me earlier today about my efforts to bring the comprehensive immigration reform bill back to the Senate floor.
As you know, the Senate was unable to complete action on the immigration bill earlier this month because a handful of Senators, including several of you, objected to my repeated efforts to call up further amendments to the bill. Following the unsuccessful cloture vote on June 7, a group of Senators including Minority Leader McConnell, Republican Conference Chairman Kyl and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Specter, came to see me with a request that I bring the immigration bill back before the Senate under a procedure under which a large number of additional amendments could become pending to the bill.
The so-called “clay pigeon” procedure is unusual, and I would not have considered employing it in this instance without the full support of Senator McConnell. It seems to me appropriate for the two leaders to work together to overcome the tactics of a small number of Senators in order to allow the full Senate to debate an important national issue like immigration. The White House made clear that it also favors such a procedure, since the immigration bill is one of President Bush’s top priorities.
I respectfully disagree with your assertion that I intend to “shut off the debate” and that the procedure in question will “silence amendments instead of facilitate their debate.” On the contrary, I am working to facilitate debate on more than twenty additional amendments to the bill. In contrast, several of you objected when I tried to call up as few as five amendments during the earlier debate. The American people can see clearly who wants to debate immigration reform and who wants to shut off that debate.
Moreover, your claim that the Senate will only debate amendments which I “hand select” is plainly untrue. The dozen or so Republican amendments that will become pending to the bill have been selected by the Republican leadership, not by me.
In sum, I appreciate the concerns expressed in your letter but consider them misplaced. Senator McConnell and I have worked together in good faith to ensure a full, open and productive debate on a bill of overriding national importance that is supported by many Republicans and endorsed by President Bush.

Sincerely,

Harry Reid

I approve. Harry’s still got a very long way to go to convince me that he can handle the spot of majority leader again, but this isn’t bad.

Now, Senator, let’s actually get the bill passed shall we? Please? If for no other reason than because it would piss Michelle “Shamnesty” Malkin off.

Note: I still stand by the assertion that these people don’t know what amnesty means, and Michelle should read my post that goes to defining it.

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