After Sweetheart Deals, Senators to Vote on Amnesty Before Reading (UPDATE)

“…a couple sweetheart deals to get it over the finish line…”

That was Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Christmas Eve 2009, when the Senate passed its version of Obamacare.  Three-and-a-half years later, the same thing can be said about the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill after it was rewritten last week.  In defiance of the obvious, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) released a statement late Sunday trying to explain why Senators, staff and Americans were given just 75 hours to decipher a 1,190-page substitute amendment:

“I’ve seen reports of a ‘1,200 page bill’ no one has read or had time to read. To be clear, the tough border and interior enforcement provisions that Sen. Hoeven and I offered on Friday make up 119 pages added to the 1,100 pages that have been public since May.”

To be clear, this amendment isn’t a game changer.  And even with a cursory glance, it is clear that in addition to being reordered, those 1,100 pages were significantly altered.  For example, some of the sweetheart deals include:

  • Lobster Bait (Maine): moves resources from southern border to northern border (Heritage Action)
  • Alaska Kickback: special treatment for Alaskan seafood processing (Washington Examiner)

In addition to state-specific handouts, certain Senators won big in the rewrite:

  • $1.5 billion in youth job training was critical to securing the vote of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Los Angeles Times)
  • Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) hopped on after his amendment dealing with expedited citizenship for thos in combat was added into the package (Chicago Sun Times)

And other changes to the bill simply reflect the power of who was holding the pen during the rewrite:

  • Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) had two of his three amendments, including one that waives fees for studios (Breitbart), wrapped into the rewrite, which he introduced as a matter of procedure (Leahy’s website)
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is widely seen as the mastermind behind the Gang of Eight and the rewritten version, had nine of his 13 amendments incorporated into the newest version (Twitter)

There are almost certainly more examples of sweetheart deals littered throughout the 1,190-page rewrite of the Gang of Eight’s bill, but with a vote scheduled for 5:30 PM ET on Monday, there is little time to examine it all.  It is very different from the “open and transparent process” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) promised.

Tell your Senators the American people deserve an open and transparent process and to reject this fig leaf for amnesty.

UPDATE (06/24/13): An earlier version of this post implied a permanent extension of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (Casino Cronyism) was inserted into the rewrite.  It was not; rather, this  “government-run public relations campaign funded by a tax on international visitors” was inserted during the committee markup as part of the Border Security Title.

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  • Jourden

    I say if they didn’t read it it can’t be law! They haven’t learned anything. They remind me of my 7yr old grandson. Keeps doing the same thing over and over even though it becomes disasterous.

    • Singlethoughtprocess

      What’s the definition of insanity again?

      • Jourden

        Yes that was Einstein who said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

        • Mr_Constitution

          I’m sure that all of these blokes who vote for something they didn’t read already got the reward they were promised – things like automatic raises, military (free) jet travel back home. Parties with the IRS employees will full beverage service, etc.

    • Mr_Constitution

      I’d say they are worse than your 7 year old grandson.

      • Jourden

        Yes your right they are old enough to know better!

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  • Cynicles

    Kill the nation for some $$ & a little power – RECALL / PRISON /RESIGN >pick one<

    • Singlethoughtprocess

      Do we have to pick just one?

  • Singlethoughtprocess

    I have an idea for a one page bill:
    We will regularly and forcefully protect our borders.
    All illegal crossing of our borders will result in fines, prison and a return to your home country. The third offense will result in life in prison. (Inmates will work to earn their keep)
    No child of an illegal immigrant shall be given citizenship whether born in this country or not. When the parents are returned to their home country the children are returned with them.

    And that’s basically it. No sweetheart deals, no loop holes, and no funny business.

    • Mr_Constitution

      I would add to your 1 pager, offenders will have to work off their terms by doing hard labor, preferably in the apple orchards, corn fields of America to pay for their room and board in prison and any fines they have accrued while being an illegal alien.

      Any Senators or Congressmen who vote for Amnesty shall also go to prison and work right alongside their fellow illegal aliens. Now Singlethoughtprocess, how do we get your law passed? Seems that first we need a new Congress, right?

      • Singlethoughtprocess

        Absolutely. We first have to get the current administration impeached. I say stay on the phone lines, call your representatives on a daily basis. Lets ALL flood their phone lines to let them know we want changes and we want them now. Starting from the top and working our way down.
        I liked your additions to my proposed one page bill. Lets type it up and send multiple copies to our representatives. Lets make sure that the proposed bill that, we the people, created gets out there. We will have to generate huge amounts of exposure before the press will pick it up.
        On your mark, ready, set, GO!

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  • Mr_Constitution

    Well I called and left hostile message to my lovable little Senator Hagan here in NC. The staffer who took my call must have also taken a lot of other hostile calls too. He acted as if the day would never end for him. I suppose he’ll get a giant raise as a result of the tongue lashing he got from voters who believe this Immigration bill to be a laughing stock porkulus bill just like ObamaCare was.

    These folks are the real Terrorists in our country – DOMESTIC Terrorists plain and simple.

  • dskancer19

    Meanwhile in Africa:

    A large sign outside his hotel gate had pictures of smiling Obama and Sall that read, “Welcome home, President Obama.”

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obama/2013/06/27/id/512240#ixzz2XRT8jENn

    How much longer will we have to wait to bring fraud charges against Obama – and oust him – rendering all EO’s and laws past since he has been homesteading the White House – null and void – then bringing treason charges again those that have been his avid brown-nosers for 5 years – adding to our destruction.

  • dskancer19

    In each state the voters are starting petitions of recall for the senators that have been consistently voting FOR laws that will lead to our demise – such as the amnesty crappola. Check your state for the petitions in progress. And yes – we are allowed to do this. We are allowed to RECREATE the government when it no longer serves its purpose..

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