Republicans Peer Into Open Grave, Back Away

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  1. Senate GOP votes down 'amnesty' bill
    By Charles Hurt
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    April 7, 2006


    Senate Republicans killed an immigration bill yesterday that they said would grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and then cast doubt on the fate of a new bill that would grant the same amnesty to a slightly smaller portion of illegals.
    "We've made huge progress," Majority Leader Bill Frist said of the new bill, co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mel Martinez of Florida, that would give a direct path to citizenship for workers who have resided illegally in the U.S. for five years or more.
    But by nightfall, hopes for a deal had dimmed considerably over Democrats' refusal to consider Republican amendments.
    "I believe there are some people who would rather have no bill," said Mr. Martinez, whose compromise bill had visibly thrilled Democrats earlier in the day.
    "We're looking like we're going to be able to dance," Minority Leader Harry Reid enthused in an impromptu morning press conference with Mr. Frist.
    Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican -- the co-authors of the bill that Republicans blocked yesterday -- pronounced the new compromise a victory and said in a joint statement that they are "proud" to join in support of it.
    But as the day wore on, staffers on Capitol Hill and lobbyists interested in the issue read through the 525 pages of legislation. By late last night, leaders on both sides of the aisle told reporters that they were highly doubtful that the Hagel-Martinez legislation would survive a vote scheduled for today.
    If the compromise does not garner enough votes to move forward, senators will have an opportunity to give conservatives what they've always wanted by voting on a border-security-only bill introduced last month by Mr. Frist. Unlike other Senate proposals, such a bill would meet little resistance from the House, which approved a similar bill last year.
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the No. 5 Republican in the Senate, came out against the Hagel-Martinez legislation.
    "I think the compromise is wrong because it still allows people to come to our country illegally and know that if they wait long enough, they will be able to get into the citizenship track with very little responsibility," she said yesterday.
    Other conservatives derided the proposal and said it didn't differ much from the earlier bill, which died yesterday when only 39 senators voted to end debate and bring it to a final vote.
    Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and firm opponent of amnesty, said the new compromise is "essentially the same as the Kennedy-McCain bill that was crushed by a 60-39 vote today."



    The primary conservative concern with both proposals is that they would let illegal aliens remain working in the U.S. while applying for citizenship. They would pay a $2,000 fine, but would not be deported as required by current federal law.
    Across the spectrum, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney warned that the proposal would "drive millions of hard-working immigrants further into the shadows of American society, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation."
    Union officials also worry about their membership's having to compete with lower-priced immigrant labor.
    The only difference between the Kennedy-McCain bill and the Hagel-Martinez proposal is that the former bill would have granted "amnesty" to all eligible illegal aliens who have been in the U.S. for more than two years. The latter proposal would grant that same "amnesty" only to aliens who have been here five years or more.
    Those who have resided here illegally from two to five years, under the Hagel-Martinez proposal, also could apply for citizenship but would have to submit their applications in person at a land U.S. port of entry.
    Of the earlier proposal, Mr. Frist said it "goes too far in granting illegal immigrants with what most Americans see as amnesty. I disagree with this approach not just as a matter of principle but because granting amnesty will only encourage future and further disrespect for the law. It will undermine our efforts to secure our homeland."
    Mr. Frist has been an enthusiastic supporter of the new compromise, although he declined several times to say whether he would actually vote for it, and did not explain his apparent change of heart.
    The remaining sticking point is that Democrats still don't want certain Republican amendments considered, including one that would prohibit from obtaining U.S. citizenship illegal aliens who have been convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors or refused a court order to leave the country.
    Yesterday morning's vote fell 21 "ayes" shy of the 60 needed to end debate so that final debate and a vote could be held. Five Democrats -- Sens. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota, Bill Nelson of Florida and Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- joined all Republicans in the filibuster.
    During a joint press conference with Mr. Frist and Mr. Reid yesterday, a reporter asked whether they had discussed the Hagel-Martinez plan with House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and ardent opponent of anything that smacks of amnesty."Chairman who?" asked Mr. Reid dismissively. At that, Mr. Frist quickly adjourned the press conference.
     
  2. Unfortunately, there are enough Republican backstabbers to join the Democrats in selling out our country.

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    Senators strike out on illegals solution
    By Charles Hurt
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    April 7, 2006


    Online exclusive: updated 2:18 p.m.

    After years of warning voters about the dangers posed by America's porous borders, the Senate today voted against securing them.
    All Democrats and 20 Republicans voted against considering a bill aimed solely at border security. It was the last of three immigration bills voted on in recent days and the only one that did not contain provisions that many called "amnesty." The 36-62 vote fell 24 "ayes" short of the 60 needed to proceed.
    The vote ended several weeks of serious wrangling over a deeply complicated legislative issue and capped several days of furious political maneuvering.
    The vote immediately followed the major collapse of a deal that Democrats and Republicans reached yesterday. That deal came apart as Democrats refused to allow consideration of several Republican amendments, including one that would have barred U.S. citizenship for any illegal alien convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors or any illegal alien who had ignored a court order to leave the country.
    "I believe there are some people who would rather have no bill," said Sen. Mel Martinez, the Florida Republican who co-sponsored with Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, a compromise that had visibly thrilled Democrats earlier in the day.
    "We're looking like we're going to be able to dance," Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada had enthused yesterday in an impromptu morning press conference with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.
    Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican -- the co-authors of the bill that Republicans blocked yesterday -- pronounced the new compromise a victory and said in a joint statement that they were "proud" to join in support of it.
    However, as the day wore on, staffers on Capitol Hill and lobbyists interested in the issue read through the 525 pages of legislation, and by late last night, leaders on both sides of the aisle told reporters they were highly doubtful that Martinez-Hagel would still be alive after a vote today.
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the No. 5 Republican in the Senate, came out against it.
    "I think the compromise is wrong because it still allows people to come to our country illegally and know that if they wait long enough, they will be able to get into the citizenship track with very little responsibility," she said yesterday.
    Other conservatives derided the proposal and said it didn't differ much from the earlier bill, which died yesterday when just 39 senators voted to end debate and bring it to a final vote.
    Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican and a firm opponent of amnesty, said the compromise was "essentially the same as the Kennedy-McCain bill that was crushed by a 60-39 vote today." The primary conservative concern with both proposals is that they would let illegal aliens remain working in the U.S. while applying for citizenship. They would pay a $2,000 fine but would not be deported as required by current federal law.
    Across the spectrum, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney warned that the proposal would "drive millions of hardworking immigrants further into the shadows of American society, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation." Union officials also worry about their membership having to compete with lower-priced labor.
    The only difference between the Kennedy-McCain bill and the Hagel-Martinez proposal is that the former would have granted "amnesty" to all eligible illegal aliens who have been in the United States for more than two years. The latter proposal would grant that same "amnesty" only to aliens who have been here five years or more.
    Under the Hagel-Martinez proposal, those who have resided here illegally from two to five years also could apply for citizenship but would have to submit their applications in person at a land U.S. port of entry.
     
  3. Actually NumbersUSA.com urged a NO vote on both of them. So they both were voted down:
    "NumbersUSA liked to see this motion fail because passage would have given the Committee another chance to work on the Hagel-Martinez substitute."

    http://numbersusa.com/hottopic/2454.html

    All the way at the bottom.
     
  4. Exactly.

    What civil war?

    Friday, April 7, 2006; Posted: 2:35 p.m. EDT (18:35 GMT)

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Three suicide bombers -- two of whom were disguised as Shiite women -- struck a Baghdad mosque affiliated with a major Shiite political party Friday, killing at least 74 people, according to the Iraqi Health Ministry.

    Another 140 people were wounded, authorities said.