RUSH: “Hastert Deals Blow to Immigration.” This is al-AP reporting, Suzanne Gamboa. “Hopes for a quick compromise on immigration were dealt a blow Tuesday after House Speaker Dennis Hastert said he wanted to take a ‘long look’ at a Senate bill offering possible citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. Hastert said hearings on the Senate bill should be held before appointing anyone to a House-Senate committee to negotiate a compromise immigration bill. Later, he said he was unsure what the House’s next move would be. ‘We’re going to take a long look at it,’ Hastert said late Tuesday.”
Which is good! It’s over 500 pages. This is sort of unprecedented.
“House Majority Leader John Boehner agreed. ‘I think we should know clearly what’s in the Senate bill,’ Boehner said. But he added there are lots of ways to understand its contents. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also scheduled a hearing for Monday to review provisions in the bill requiring employers to verify that their workers are legal. Cornyn said he opposes a provision allowing workers [Get this!] to use up to 20 documents to verify they are legal workers.” That means they wouldn’t have to have a total of 20. They could use any one of 20 different kinds of documents to prove they are legal.
“Also, the Department of Homeland Security has raised concerns about how quickly it must have in place an electronic system that employers will use to verify their workers legal status… ‘This will give us a chance to look at it in more detail,’ Cornyn said. Sending a bill that has already passed the Senate to hearings would be a highly unusual move and make completing a final bill before Congress goes on its summer recess in August far less likely. Disagreement on procedural issue[s] has kept negotiations from starting, but there were hopes that could be resolved this week. ‘It’s an obvious retreat from where we are,’ said Jim Manley, spokesman for [Dingy] Harry Reid, D-Nev.”
All right. Now. Let me explain this to you. It’s a large bill in the Senate. There are some things in it that are at present unconstitutional. The Senate cannot originate spending bills, and they do in this bill by getting into when illegals have to and don’t have to and how much they have to, pay back taxes. So that has to be dealt with. But there are 500 pages here, and it is safe to assume that not every senator has read every page and understands what he voted for or against in this bill. This happened at
So the pressure has been just approve this thing so we can say that we’ve engaged in comprehensive immigration reform. Well, the House is different than the Senate in a key political sense: members of the House have to stand for reelection every two years. As such, they are
“Do we bite the bullet here and just sign off on this thing and make the president look good,
(paraphrased) “We’re going to look at your bill. If we don’t like it, I don’t know where there’s even grounds for compromise here.” It’s very interesting to watch this because the pressure, as I say, on these guys to vote this thing out and give the president something he can sign is
RUSH: Have you heard — and I swore, folks, if I ever heard this phrase again, I would bleep it, but now I’m going to use it. We’ve heard these august members of the Senate tell us that the purpose of the Senate is, they are “the saucer that cools the heated coffee, tea, water, as it spills out of the cup, and this cooling process is where reasoned analysis takes place to take the emotion out.” Well, what’s happened is a reversal here. It is the House of Representatives that has become the
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