Senator Landrieu: People May Not like It - But Immigration Bill Is Going To Pass
The Senate voted 68-30 Wednesday
to waive budget requirements and allow the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill to proceed for a vote later this week.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., an opponent of the bill, argued that the legislation relies on $211 billion of Social Security revenue over the next 10 years and that without that money the legislation would cause a $10 billion deficit. This is a clear violation of the Senate's pay-as-you-go budget rules, Vitter said.
Senator Sessions had even stronger words:
"What we know for absolute certain is that this bill guarantees three things: instantaneous amnesty, permanent lawlessness, and a massive expansion in legal immigration that will reduce wages for working Americans," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. "This legislation is a crushing blow to the working people of this country, a surrender to illegality, and a capitulation to special interests over the interests of the citizens we pledged to represent."
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. has indicated that she's "very likely to vote for final passage."
"The bill is going to pass", she declared on the Senate floor, today. "There's no way this bill is not going to pass the Senate. It is clear it's going to pass. People may not like that it's going to pass - but it's going to pass."