The Senate has passed historic immigration legislstion. It offers the hope of American citizenship to millions. It also promises a military style surge to secure our pourous border. The vote was 68-32, 8 more than needed to send the measure to the House.
Prospects are not nearly as high for the Bill to pass the House. Many Conservatives are opposed to any type of Immigration Reform, or any reform that May help the 97%. Not that the Bill didn’t meet any roadblocks in the Senate. Last minute Republican amendments to the Bill almost brought it crashing to the ground.
Vice-President Joe Biden presided, and Senators cast their votes from their desks. Both steps are usually reserved for momentous votes. The Bill, which was a high priority for President Obama, would be the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation’s immigration laws. The last time there was Immigration Reform was during the Reagan administration.
One major roadblock to the Bill passing the House is the Hastert Rule. The Hastert Rule is a Republican party made up rule that states, a law cannot pass without the majority of the majority party voting for it. The Speaker of the House, John Boehner in this case, invokes the rule. Boehner has threatened the Immigration Reform Bill with the Hastert Rule. In order to pass the Bill 118 out of 234 Republicans need to vote for the Bill. Regardless of a majority vote, the Bill cannot pass without the majority of the majority party voting for it.
Democrats have pushed hard to pass this Bill, as well as the Gang of 8. For a Republican party that call themselves fiscal hawks, but wantb to spend billions more on border security. That is fine to be a budget hawk everywhere, but not just on policies Republicans don’t like. Increasing border security will cost billions, billions that need to be found. Don’t cut from social welfare programs to militarize our border.