[Rushtalk] Que pasa? Look what Dem just did on Senate floor

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Jun 11 21:19:40 MDT 2013


Democrat habla español on Senate floor

'Gang of 8' amnesty bill passes critical 1st test

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Press one to hear your elected representatives in 
Spanish, press two for English.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., made history Tuesday, 
becoming the first senator of the modern era to 
deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in 
Spanish, as he addressed his colleagues to make the case for amnesty.

“I ask unanimous consent I be able to deliver a 
floor speech on immigration reform in Spanish,” Kaine said.

“Creo que es apropiado que tome unos pocos 
minutos para explicar la legislación en español,” declared Kaine.

He said he wanted to explain aspects of the bill 
to the roughly 40 million Spanish speakers living in the United States.

Kaine’s remarks came immediately after Sen. Marco 
Rubio, R-Fla., introduced an amendment to the 
immigration bill that would mandate that illegal 
aliens learn English before earning permanent U.S. residency.

The Senate then voted 82 to 15 to avoid a 
filibuster for now and put the comprehensive 
immigration reform bill up for debate.

Before the vote, Rubio apparently made a complete U-turn on amnesty.

Rubio, a member of the so-called Gang of Eight 
sponsors of the bill, said in a Spanish-language 
interview Sunday that “legalization” of the 
nation’s estimated 11 million illegal aliens will 
occur before any new border security measures are enforced.

“Nobody is talking about preventing the 
legalization. The legalization is going to 
happen. That means the following will happen: 
First comes the legalization. Then come the 
measures to secure the border. And then comes the 
process of permanent residence,” Rubio told Univision.

The statement contradicts his previous assurances 
to conservatives that border security must be 
established before amnesty. In a recent 
television ad, Rubio had urged Americans to stand 
with him to “end de facto amnesty”:

The Senate will now consider amendments to the 
bill on amnesty, security, back taxes and 
<http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/rubio-flip-flops-on-amnesty/#>health care coverage.

The big question for Democrats will be whether 
the fragile deals and dozens of compromises 
already negotiated can survive first in the 
Senate and then in the Republican-controlled House.

President Obama has made immigration reform a 
second-term priority and seems anxious to get his 
agenda back on track as his administration fends off a slew of major scandals.

At a White House event this morning, the 
president told lawmakers, “If you’re serious 
about actually fixing the system, then this is the vehicle to do it.”

Flanked by supporters, he insisted the 
legislation is the “best chance we’ve had in 
years to fix our broken immigration system.”

As it stands now, the bill attempts to increase 
border security, require all employers to check 
workers’ legal status, provide visa programs for 
skilled workers and those working in agriculture.

Now the bill is open to amendments it faces even greater challenges.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted to begin 
debate on the bill but 
“[T]here will need to be major changes to this 
bill if it’s going to become law.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, 
he plans to introduce an amendment requiring 
effective monitoring of the entire southern 
border before giving any illegal aliens permanent 
resident <http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/rubio-flip-flops-on-amnesty/#>green cards.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., calls 
that a “poison pill” meant to sabotage the entire bill.

Reid will try to get the bill passed before the 
July 4 recess, but whatever measure emerges will 
face an even greater challenge in the House.
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