Federation for American Immigration Reform: Senate Braces for DREAM Act Vote
Other Senators made speeches on the Senate floor taking issue with the DREAM Act itself. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) denounced how the bill permits states to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens. Calling the bill an amnesty disguised as an educational initiative, he said it was “an insult to legal taxpaying citizens.” (C-Span video, Sept. 15, 2010) Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) objected to Senator Reid’s decision to take up the DREAM Act at a time when neither Congress nor the President is enforcing our immigration laws. “We have got to end this lawlessness,” he said. “The first thing you do when you want to end illegality on immigration policy is stop subsidizing it. For heaven’s sake, stop subsidizing it.” (C-span video, Sept. 16, 2010)
By all accounts, the Senate vote on the DREAM Act – which has been attached to a defense spending bill – will come to the floor tomorrow. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, the driving force behind the bill and a man who right now stands a solid chance of being defeated in Nevada by Tea Party member Sharron Angle, refutes the idea that his attaching the initiative to a defense bill has anything to do with Democrats, Republicans, and politics – according to Reid, this is all about fairness.
Nonsense – he needs the votes.
If all the DREAM Act were about was granting citizenship to those willing to make a commitment to fight and risk their lives for the United States of America, then it might be worth talking about. But there’s more to it than that. Furthermore, at a time when the American economy is struggling to breathe and is first and foremost on the minds of the voting public, Reid has decided to suddenly resurrect one of the Left’s most important goals. Attaching this to a defense bill – something that will provide the necessary resources to the men and women who are fighting to defend our freedoms and way of life – is nothing short of insidious and only further demonstrates the Machiavellian tactics to which the Left will resort when backed firmly into a corner.
Call, call, call your senators – I already have, but a lot of good it will do with the Rhode Island representatives with which we’re burdened. A small tip as well – if you have a “droid” phone, there is an app you can download for free just for the Congress. It will automatically dial your representatives for you when you click on the appropriate state and person.
DEMOCRATS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS
Sen. Pryor of Arkansas 202-224-2353
Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana 202-224-5824
Sen. Stabenow of Michigan 202-224-4822
Sen. McCaskill of Missouri 202-224-6154
Sen. Baucus of Montana 202-224-2651
Sen. Tester of Montana 202-224-2644
Sen. Conrad of North Dakota 202-224-2043
Sen. Dorgan of North Dakota 202-224-2551
REPUBLICANS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS
Sen. LeMeiux of Florida 202-224-3041
Sen. Collins of Maine 202-224-2523
Sen. Snowe of Maine 202-224-5344
Sen. Brown of Massachusetts 202-224-4543
Sen. Johanns of Nebraska 202-224-4224
Update MM: Johanns’ office tells callers this morning that he will vote AGAINST the bill.
Sen. Gregg of New Hampshire 202-224-3324
Sen. Hutchison of Texas 202-224-5922
TOUGHER UNCOMMITTED TARGETS
– CAN YOU PERSUADE THEM?
Your first and most important phone calls are to the Senators above.
ACTION: The following list is of Senators who have shown a real proclivity toward amnesty but seem to have remained uncommitted. Under the pressure of the impending November elections, some of these Senators could be persuaded to vote NO.
I would emphasize with them that a controversial bill like this has no business being put inside a Defense bill, regardless of how they may feel about the amnesty itself.
Sen. Murkowski of Alaska 202-224-6665
Sen. Lugar of Indiana 202-224-4814
Sen. Brownback of Kansas 202-224-6521
Sen. Voinovich of Ohio 202-224-3353
Sen. Begich of Alaska 202-224-3004
Sen. Shaheen of New Hampshire 202-224-2841
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico 202-224-6621
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio 202-224-2315
Sen. Wyden of Oregon 202-224-5244
Sen. Casey of Pennsylvania 202-224-6324
Sen. Johnson of South Dakota 202-224-5842
Sen. Warner of Virginia 202-224-2023
Sen. Webb of Virginia 202-224-4024
Sen. Goodwin of West Virginia 202-224-3954
Sen. Rockefeller of West Virginia 202-224-6472
SENATORS WHO ARE CO-SPONSORING THE ‘DREAM’ AMNESTY
Once you have done what you can with phone calls to the Senators on the lists above, you should look through this list to see who is causing all this problem by pushing so hard to give 2 million more permanent work permits to illegal aliens to compete with 22 million American and legal immigrant workers who can’t find a job.
You can reach these through the Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or in our Congress directory (I apologize that this directory is loading sluggishly today).
Give special attention to Boxer, Gillibrand, Lincoln and Mikulski, all of whom are running for re-election in November.
(CO) Bennet (not Bennett of Utah)
(CO) Udall (not Udall of New Mexico)
UPDATE, 9/21/2010 @ 3:45 p.m.
From the Los Angeles Times:
A Republican-led filibuster on Tuesday blocked efforts to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, shelving an Obama administration priority at least until after the November election.
The measure repealing the military policy banning gays from serving openly was part of the 2011 Defense authorization bill. Democrats tried to bring the bill up for consideration but failed to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome determined GOP-led opposition. Supporters voted 56-43 in favor of starting debate on the Defense bill, short of the 60 needed.
Democrats control 59 votes in the Senate.
By blocking the bill, Republicans also held up passage of the so-called Dream Act, which was to provide a route to citizenship for youths who were in the country illegally but had attended college or served in the military.
Nicely done, America. There is so much more to this legislation than most of America knew about, and today’s stoppage goes a long way for our sovereignty and security.