President Obama’s foreign policy blunders and failed leadership, encapsulated in the Obama Doctrine, have long evoked the ire of many foreign policy observers. Russia’s current actions in Ukraine are now triggering similar sentiments from the left about the President’s foreign policy. According to a recent CNN poll, most Americans disapprove of his foreign policy.
This growing consensus wasn’t always the case.
One of the questions that has arisen since Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% – with the help of all but three of his party’s senators – invoked the nuclear option to change the Senate’s rules (essentially eliminating the filibuster for nominations) is what the Senate minority (in this case, Republicans) can do about it.
There are a number of parliamentary maneuvers in the Senate rules that would allow the minority to make Reid’s majority pay a heavy price for his elimination of minority rights and the curtailment of debate in the country’s formerly most deliberative body. Those parliamentary rules allow even a minority to virtually shutdown the Senate.
Tomorrow, lawmakers will head home for their five-week August recess. Pro-amnesty advocates, who have been working with Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are planning rallies and protests throughout August. At the same time, the White House and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are pushing business groups, often thought of as traditional Republican allies, to weigh in with members back home. To say the pro-amnesty movement is made of strange political bedfellows is an understatement.
But this is all theatrics. As the Washington Post and National Journal explained earlier this week, there is a concerted plan to use the “narrow agreement on border security in a House committee” to “be the gateway to a broader agreement on immigration.” At first glance, that would seem to refute the step-by-step approach House Republican leaders pledged to take on the issue of immigration.
Reports continually indicate that the bipartisan “gang of seven” in the House is close to releasing their secret immigration plan. By all accounts, there is nothing new in the plan except some fluffy language the Washington Post reports “could give some House Republicans a way to embrace comprehensive reform.” It is clearly an attempt to garner support from House conservatives who “are still insisting on a ‘piecemeal’ approach or are opposing any action at all.”
At this point though, wrangling over a comprehensive approach versus a piecemeal approach is meaningless. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told a liberal audience that piecemeal bills simply serve as a means to an end:
Get us to a conference. In a conference, we can negotiate the notion of bringing all those bills together and get to common ground.
The goal of the pro-amnesty crowd is simple—pass a bill, any bill (preferably one that includes some sort of path to citizenship) so that pro-amnesty negotiators can begin working on a compromise that resembles the Senate-passed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). That deal making could take place in a formal conference committee or, more likely, a backroom process.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has become the 29th Senator to sign on to the anti-LOST letter. Kudos to Sen. Grassley for standing up for American sovereignty by signing onto this letter important letter. It signals his constituents and his fellow Senators that he will not allow an international organization based in Kingston, Jamaica to exert control over America’s offshore natural resources.
America does not need to sign onto a treaty to secure navigation rights, since we’ve always had them and are in no danger of losing them. And in addition to that unnecessary provision, the treaty would also erode U.S. sovereignty by giving an unaccountable U.N.-style bureaucracy the power to spend our offshore oil and gas royalties and to forbid U.S. companies from mining on our own continental shelf.
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) officially signing the letter yesterday, there are now 30 Senators now on to the letter, meaning we are within striking distance of sinking this dangerously flawed treaty.