Jun 272013

The United States Senate approved an immigration reform bill today. However, it has little to no chance of passing (or even getting a vote) in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

Senate approves comprehensive immigration bill

The contentious bipartisan effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws achieved a decisive victory Thursday when the Senate approved legislation that would allow millions of illegal immigrants the chance to live legally in the United States and to eventually become U.S. citizens.

The 1,200-page bill, which now faces a stern test in the Republican-controlled House, carries a $50 billion price tag. It would double the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents along the southern border and require the construction of 700 miles of fencing there. It also would place new burdens on employers, who would be required to check the legal status of all job applicants using the government’s E-Verify system.

Senators approved the plan 68 to 32, capping more than six months of negotiations that began behind closed doors and concluded with almost a month of debate on the Senate floor. Fourteen Republicans voted with every member of the Senate Democratic caucus to approve the bill — an impressive bipartisan margin in a chamber that has become sharply partisan.

“Before the American people give up on the Congress, look at what we achieved today in a bipartisan fashion,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), a key member of a group of Democrats and Republicans who wrote the bill.

But the path ahead is likely to be increasingly acrimonious because the bill is now in the hands of the House, where intense GOP opposition threatens to kill it outright.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday laid down stern conditions for what kind of immigration bill he would allow the House to vote on, and it was not the one that came of out the Senate.

Boehner said that any bill would need majority support among his GOP colleagues before it could get a vote in the House. “For any legislation, including a conference report, to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of the majority of our members,” he said. Recent history suggests that assembling such a majority will be difficult to achieve.

The 14 Republican Senators who voted with the Democrats in favor of the bill were: Marco Rubio (Fla.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeffrey Chiesa (N.J.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), and John McCain (Ariz.).

Rick Perry is dumb

 Posted by at 16:51  Politics
Jun 272013

I think you probably already know this, but in case you don’t let me enlighten you. Texas Governor Rick Perry is a dumb ass. He proved it again today: “Rick Perry: Wendy Davis learned nothing from ‘her own example’ as a teen mom.”

There is video at the link. I’d rather not post it here. I want as little of Rick Perry on my site as possible. I’m telling you, the man makes George Dubya Bush look like a fricking genius.

Perry said:

In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.

To which Wendy Davis responded:

Rick Perry’s statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view.

Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.

Wendy Davis for governor! (Video: Meet Wendy Davis)

P.S. It is kind of funny to hear Rick Perry say that “every life matters.” Under his rule, Texas now ranks at or near the bottom of all states in the United States in the number of people with health insurance. It also ranks at or near the bottom of students graduating high school. There is one thing in which it excels: Texas has executed the highest number of its prisoners than any other state… 500 since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1982; 261 of those since Rick Perry became governor. Yep… every life matters.