Sessions Staff: Reid Could Rush Amnesty Bill for Vote Early Next Week
Staff for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to be attempting to position the “Gang of Eight” bill so he can rush it through the Senate next week, before the opposition to the bill from the American people gets any stronger.
“Reid could systematically table all the remaining amendments that are pending, holding votes to table one at a time,” background provided by Sen. Sessions’ staff reads. “Then he could call up Corker-Hoeven. After debating the amendment, he could file cloture on it to end debate. He could also block debate and immediately file cloture. Then, a vote would be taken on the amendment. After Corker-Hoeven passed, Reid could ‘fill the tree,’ which is a power he has to block consideration of any amendments (and one he’s used far more than his predecessor, Bill Frist). Reid could then file cloture on S. 744 as amended by Corker-Hoeven. Then, a vote on final passage would occur. So the bill, in its current form with the exception of the addition of Corker-Hoeven, could be passed (if it had the votes) without any further opportunity given to senators to alter/improve it—by early next week, even."
Reid has already tabled multiple amendments that would have made the bill better in one way or another. For instance, Reid tabled an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have actually made border security happen before any illegal aliens got amnesty, and one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that would not have fixed border security before legalization, but would have instituted a real trigger along the pathway to citizenship and would have deported convicted criminal illegal aliens. Currently, the Gang of Eight bill allows convicted serial drunk drivers, domestic abusers and child abusers, among other criminals who are illegal aliens, to stay in the country.
As the conservative opposition to the Gang of Eight grows stronger, louder and more organized, though, Reid appears to be positioning himself to move quickly to rush the big government bill across the finish line.