Quick! Let’s Pass an Obamacare-esque Amnesty Bill Before the Next Recess
“We need to finish this bill and we’re going to do it as quick as we can,” said the majority leader of the upper chamber of our nation’s great deliberative body, Congress.
But careful deliberation is the last thing Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) wants. Heritage has forewarned that the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill is everything like Obamacare. And just like Obamacare, this bill is being rushed. We have to pass it to see what is truly in it. Mr. Reid has set an end-of-month deadline for Senate passage of immigration reform, giving the chamber a mere three weeks to debate this highly controversial issue.
Reid argues that we have had enough deliberation:
There are very few pieces of legislation that we’ve had come to the floor in recent years that has been [as] thoroughly discussed, debated and presented as this.
First, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. When Harry Reid is pulling a stunt like this, there is usually an awful bill just around the corner. The Gang of Eight’s bill is that bill.
Second, whether or not Congress has been debating this legislation is a separate question than whether or not they have produced a satisfactory bill.
And the answer to the latter question is a resounding “no.”
In no way, shape, or form will this bill, should it become law, fix or improve our nation’s immigration system. To the contrary, it would actually weaken border security, burden taxpayers with trillions in additional debt, and encourage future illegal immigration.
Reid rushing a vote on this amnesty bill is not in the best interest of the American people. The implications will be far reaching and, if amnesty is granted to 11 million illegal immigrants, that can’t be undone.
But consequences don’t have real meaning to some people. Transparency and accountability are also words that don’t seem to appear in Mr. Reid’s dictionary. Transparency and accountability are trampled on by recklessly forcing the Senate to come to premature conclusions about this immigration bill.
As we recently noted, Reid’s decision to block conservative amendments to the so-called “farm” bill reinforce his blatant disregard for the deliberative process:
Reid is notorious for his Senate power grabs and obstructionism, using his position of authority and procedural tactics to get his way. He’s even acted to undermine equal representation in the Senate through so called “filibuster reform” by ensuring that he personally has the final say on all legislation.
Amnesty and immigration are matters of no small significance. Passing a terrible law for the sake of getting stuff done will only harm America.