Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Senate forges ahead

I really thought it was dead a couple of weeks ago. I was wrong.

While all the cameras were on Paris, our Senators voted 64-35 today to move ahead with the amnesty bill. This despite Rasmussen poll numbers from June 13th that say only 23% of Americans like the Senate bill. And despite record input from constituents, overwhelmingly against the bill.

But the Senators know best, I suppose. We just don’t understand things as well as they do.

Now they proceed with a maximum 24 amendments, 30 hours of cloture-regulated debate, and the clay pigeon analysis of the minutia.

It isn’t a done deal but it is quite likely they can push it through if they don’t fight too much over the details.

Then, next up is the House. They’ll have to form a compromise committee and haggle over the details.

Here are a few details of the Rasmussen poll:

President’s job approval rating: 33%
Reid’s job approval rating: 19%
McCain for President (Republicans): 11%

What the public wants (according to Rasmussen):
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters would favor an approach that focuses “exclusively on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration.”

Fifty-seven percent (57%) favor a proposal giving “all illegal aliens up to three years to leave the United States. After leaving, the illegal aliens would have to get in line and wait their turn for legal entry into the United States.”

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