Menendez – Looks like we don’t have the votes for that immigration bill after all

posted at 7:01 pm on May 25, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

That Gang of 8 thing may not have been such a shoe-in after all. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has come back to report that, despite having sailed through the Judiciary Committee and garnering the support of at least four Republicans, they may still be coming up short..

“We don’t currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate,” Menendez said in an interview with Univision. “We need to add more votes on the floor. That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. Senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform, that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote.”

Supporters of the bill are pushing for a strong bipartisan vote of 70 or more to put pressure on the House to take up the legislation.

There was a time when getting a strong show of bipartisanship in the Senate might have actually “put pressure” on the House to take up a bill. But frankly, I think those days are in the past, at least for the time being. Particularly with control of the upper and lower chambers split between the parties, I honestly don’t see anyone on either side being interested in bowing to any sort of pressure at all. Getting the bill passed with 60 votes would probably be no different than getting 75.

Besides that, it looks like the Speaker has already sent some pretty clear signals on his position.

Boehner issued a statement Thursday signed by the members of his leadership team and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that takes a new approach and suggests Republicans want more ownership of the issue. Whether that will derail the fragile agreement forged across the rotunda remains unclear.

“While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which the House will approach the issue differently,” they said. “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in the Senate if it passes. Rather, through regular order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation.”

That about says it all. Even if the Senate comes up with 60 votes, it simply won’t get a straight up vote in the House on the Senate’s version. Boehner’s plan will no doubt include a lot more border enforcement and security up front, with a good measure of caution on the back end before we see any sort of path to citizenship. And given how much of a tightrope walk it was to find a bare majority in the Senate, it’s unlikely that a widely redesigned House bill will find a lot of love there.


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Bishop?

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

“we’d have gotten away with it TOO, if it hadn’t been for those darn kids”

JFKY on May 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

This is how bad the trust level is:

I don’t believe it…

They are not giving in this easy. Deflect and divert.

What are they up to? They never give up on signature issues.

katy on May 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

“we’d have gotten away with it TOO, if it hadn’t been for those darn kids”

JFKY on May 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

“Get off my lawn.”~McCain et.al.

davidk on May 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

davidk on May 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

*LMAO*

JFKY on May 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Looks like we don’t have the votes for that immigration bill after all

Obama to learn about this..
Tuesday…when he reads the paper..

Electrongod on May 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

If this fails Rubio will have eaten a s*** sandwich for nothing.

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Bob Menendez


We don’t have the stink’n Votes,and we don’t need
Immigration Stink’n Badges either!
(snark).

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I think this is a lie. Menendez just wants the open borders crowd to not get complacent. He wants them to keep hounding Senators so they can get those 75 votes.

Mark1971 on May 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The US Senate can take their ‘immigration reform’ bill and SHOVE IT!

GarandFan on May 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

There is no way this bill will get shelved. There is too much political capital being put into it. It is being slowed down some and with a little fortitude on the GOP’s part it will eventually get dealt with piece by piece with border enforcement being the first order of business.

However, I will continue to sleep with one eye open when it comes to this crew in Washington. They cannot be trusted at all.

KickandSwimMom on May 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Menendez – Looks like we don’t have the votes for that immigration bill after all

I don’t buy it. This is cover for politicians. Those that have voted no to amnesty in the past will be gradually “convinced” by the merits of legislation that allows a 69-year-old fast tracked citizenship as a DREAMER.

And why on earth is a guy who goes whoring for under-age girls with contributors in third-world nations even in the Senate? Human traffiking is still a crime here.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

They need 7 or 8 republicans unless a bunch of the Dems are going to vote against it.
They’ve already got Rubio.Mcain,Grahm,Flake. And probably Collins,Snow,Kirk, Hatch and I’m sure I’m missing a few moderate Rs. How is he not seeing 60 votes? Is there and anti amnesty Dem block?

BoxHead1 on May 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Good. This was nothing but a Trojan Horse to destroy first the GOP then to tern the nation into Mexico ala racial spoils. We have already seen the depth that Obama will go. Now we find out that the IRS favors groups such as OWS and La Raza over conservatives. The entire Federal bureaucracy is corrupt top through bottom, bottom through top. From the janitors through Secretaries.

pat on May 25, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Menendez – Looks like we don’t have the votes for that immigration bill after all

What a sad day this is not.

arnold ziffel on May 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Obama to lecture us all again about how he could get so much more done if only he were a dictator.

NotCoach on May 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Well darn. /

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Could Mendez actually have the votes and is trying to give Obama Momentum again by having Obama do the Big Speech schtick?

pat on May 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Looks like Mucko Wormio will have to increase his lies if his Comprehensive Plan For The Destruction Of America is to get through.

VorDaj on May 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

So if they can’t get the 60 in the Senate how can they think they will get 218 in the house. Don’t they only need 1 to cross to the Yea and there are 4 R in the gang of 8 and they will all vote for it. They can’t get all 55 Democrats to sign on for it yet.

What is that smell oh just some pork that is to be added to an immigration bill to help wacko bird farmers.

tjexcite on May 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Maybe good news, but then I remember we were told not to worry about Obamakare, that there were just too many procedural roadblocks in the process of bouncing it back and forth in Congress to allow it to pass.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

What a sad day this is not.

arnold ziffel on May 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I guess I’ll have to have an extra cocktail tonight to celebrate er, I mean drown my sorrows.

VegasRick on May 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Pass the bill, if it includes a rider to throw Menendez in the hoosegow.

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

This is all theater. If that were really true Obama would be out campaigning on the issue every day. The reality is that there is a secret agreement between the President and the leaders of both parties in Congress to push through amnesty.

1. Boehner publicly signals he is up for immigration reform and clears out conservatives from positions of power.

2. Senate establishes bipartisan gang as cover to let the Democrats write the bill.

3. All parties to the secret deal agree not to politic the issue.

4. Once the Senate bill makes it out of committee and there is a high probability of it passing Boehner comes out and says the bill is DOA in the House.

5. House works on its own bipartisan immigration bill pretending they are doing their own thing. The bill may be broken into pieces to mitigate the base’s protest of violating the Hastert rule.

6. Whatever bills pass the House will be merged with the Senate bill.

Wigglesworth on May 25, 2013 at 7:37 PM

If this fails Rubio will have eaten a s*** sandwich for nothing.

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Mucko Wormio is a s*** sandwich.

VorDaj on May 25, 2013 at 7:37 PM

If this fails Rubio will have eaten a s*** sandwich for nothing.

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Good. Better for us to know early.

kim roy on May 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Menendez is really just trying to top off the tank and get the votes up to 65-70. He is encouraging the activists to get after it at the town hall meetings next week.

Wigglesworth on May 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

How is he not seeing 60 votes? Is there and anti amnesty Dem block?

BoxHead1 on May 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

You forgot to deduct Senate Dems up for reeelection in 2014. You really think Mary Landrieu wants to go into the campaign with support for gun-grabbing and amnesty?

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

There is no way this bill will get shelved. There is too much political capital being put into it. It is being slowed down some and with a little fortitude on the GOP’s part it will eventually get dealt with piece by piece with border enforcement being the first order of business.

However, I will continue to sleep with one eye open when it comes to this crew in Washington. They cannot be trusted at all.

KickandSwimMom on May 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

It may very well get shelved, but not without a lot of kicking and screaming from La Raza, the Democrats, and the Chamber of Commerce. Still, there may be enough Republicans who realize that passing amnesty is a suicide pact. As time goes on, it’ll become harder and harder for amnesty to pass as more and more Congressmen get nervous about reelection prospects and don’t want to have anything contentious on their plates that could threaten their reelection prospects.

It’s rather sad that representatives can’t be convinced outright on the merits that rewarding trespassing criminals is bad in and of itself, but that’s what happens when the big donors throw a hissy fit about wanting cheap labor, America be damned.

Stoic Patriot on May 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

They need 7 or 8 republicans unless a bunch of the Dems are going to vote against it.

They’ve already got Rubio.Mcain,Grahm,Flake. And probably Collins,Snow,Kirk, Hatch and I’m sure I’m missing a few moderate Rs. How is he not seeing 60 votes? Is there and anti amnesty Dem block?

BoxHead1 on May 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

It’s possible some of the red state Dems up for reelection next year are afraid to vote for amnesty. Hell, if they were scared to vote for a background check bill, they’ve gotta be terrified of the prospect of explaining to the people of their respective states why they supported the Gang of Ocho travesty. You look at the Republicans who are in favor of this thing and with the exception of Grahamnesty, all of them don’t have to answer to the voters for at least a few years.

Doughboy on May 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

This is how bad the trust level is:
I don’t believe it…
They are not giving in this easy. Deflect and divert.
What are they up to? They never give up on signature issues.
katy on May 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Exactly what those in the opposition said as both immigration and social security reform ended up being pulled from the table.

Alas, so it goes.

Genuine on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

“Get off my lawn.”~McCain et.al.

davidk on May 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

“And where’s my jello!!!!” ~McCain et.al.

jawkneemusic on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This is how bad the trust level is:
I don’t believe it…
They are not giving in this easy. Deflect and divert.
What are they up to? They never give up on signature issues.
katy on May 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Exactly what those in the opposition said as both immigration and social security reform ended up being pulled from the table under President Bush.

Alas, so it goes.

Genuine on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

It was the red state democrats in the Senate that doomed the last amnesty bill and I’ve said before they are probably the key to get this thing passed with a solid 2/3 majority to really put pressure on Boehner to ram something through.

Wigglesworth on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This is how bad the trust level is:
I don’t believe it…
They are not giving in this easy. Deflect and divert.
What are they up to? They never give up on signature issues.
katy on May 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Exactly what those in the opposition said as both immigration and social security reform ended up being pulled from the table under President Bush.

Alas, so it goes.

Genuine on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Bush wasn’t a bully. Keep your eyes on this group, they are ruthless.

VegasRick on May 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I don’t believe anyone in this crowd, not for a second. Not one of them. Especially after the article today in the Daily Caller on Rubio.

Rubio has a Long History on Blocking Immigration Enforcement

De Oppresso Liber on May 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. Senators saying . . . that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote.”

Ironically, we’ve been contacting our senators and telling them that very thing, Menendez.

That may be why you can’t yet find 60 traitors to sign onto your POS amnesty bill, you pathetic sleazebag.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

The words “immigration bill,” or “immigration reform,” immediately bring Rubio to my mind, together with his stunning loss of credibility. I’m not sure he can recover.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

“Get off my lawn.”~McCain et.al.

davidk on May 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

“And where’s my jello!!!!” ~McCain et.al.

jawkneemusic on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

No McCain – You get off my lawn.

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Ann Coulter recently wrote an article that immigration from Hispanic countries exceeds that from the mother country of England by a ratio of 50-1. The fly in the soup, however, is what the UK has become (a nation of sissified socialists) not what it used to be.

As for illegals being granted citizenship. Great news that there aren’t enough votes because we all know the routine–INCREMENTALISM–first a 13 year wait, then a 10 year wait then 9, 8, 7. down to no wait at all. English requirement will then be eliminated. Paying a fine will be repealed.Back of the line will be transformed, as if by magic, to front of the line.Paying any owed back taxes requirement will also disappear. If my life depended on trusting the truthful statements of Chuck Schumer and Jodi Arias-I would choose Arias.

MaiDee on May 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

“And where’s my jello!!!!” ~McCain et.al.

jawkneemusic on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Which reminded me of this…if you recall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KsCmjUsnak

katy on May 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Duh, I think we knew that. Send them back where they came from just like 3 previous presidents did. They are here illegally. What is so hard to understand? Duh!

Amazingoly on May 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

yup

cmsinaz on May 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

SA-TUR-DAY Hey!

cmsinaz on May 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

“And where’s my jello!!!!” ~McCain et.al.

jawkneemusic on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Where are my strawberries?!!?? – Capt. McQueegCain

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM

I remember electing Scott Brown to be the 41st vote against Obamacare…who’d have guessed not passing a budget would have opened the door to reconciliation…

That said, I don’t think these folks are smart enough for the Menendez comment to be some sort of elaborate scheme. And there are lots of good reasons folks can oppose this, certainly no real security, and now, gen-u-wine federal welfare benefits….

The Toomey sellout was to fail in the House, not in the Senate…I’ll keep hoping that the Gang of 8 runs along the same path

EastofEden on May 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Rubio is naive to be pushing such a crap sandwich. It proves he is not ready for prime time.

Valiant on May 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

It’s possible some of the red state Dems up for reelection next year are afraid to vote for amnesty. Hell, if they were scared to vote for a background check bill, they’ve gotta be terrified of the prospect of explaining to the people of their respective states why they supported the Gang of Ocho travesty. You look at the Republicans who are in favor of this thing and with the exception of Grahamnesty, all of them don’t have to answer to the voters for at least a few years.

Doughboy on May 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

It isn’t the voting it is the defending afterwards. Keep in mind, the real scare for these bastards is that they also voted for Obamacare which is on schedule to implode just about the same time these critters are launching their next run for office. Throw in votes for stuff like gun-grabbing and the ability to sway all but the most faithful gets hard.

Mary Landrieu, for example, is running in a state that became more conservative. Katrina foisted a lot of the welfare culture on Texas and other states. They hunt and yet she voted against the Second Amendment. She will feel pressure to vote for amnesty but there will be a huge portion of her constituency that is against amnesty. And it isn’t like she’s a real leader anyway. Just another worthless partisan whore living off her daddy’s reputation. She is vulnerable.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Paying any owed back taxes requirement will also disappear.

MaiDee on May 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The “pay back taxes” requirement has already disappeared. In fact, it was never in the current bill. The “gang” decided it would be too difficult to document illegal aliens’ past income (because so many have been here illegally for decades, and because so many work off the books on a cash basis).

So the “pay back taxes” requirement was watered down to a requirement that only illegal aliens who have been filing tax returns and who already have been notified by the IRS of an outstanding obligation will have to pay that obligation. (There are probably about 5 or 6 illegals who meet that standard).

All the rest officially get a pass on their years of tax cheating and non-compliance.

We’re a nation of laws. (But only for some people).

AZCoyote on May 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

That may be why you can’t yet find 60 traitors to sign onto your POS amnesty bill, you pathetic sleazebag.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

By comparing menendez to pathetic sleazebags you have just offended pathetic sleazebags all over the country. I would say that menendez is worse than a pathetic sleazebag but a little better than barky.

VegasRick on May 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

The US Senate can take their ‘immigration reform’ bill and SHOVE IT!

GarandFan on May 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

GarandFan:O

************** Up-Twinkles **********************!

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

ubio is naive to be pushing such a crap sandwich. It proves he is not ready for prime time.

Valiant on May 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

No, it proves his lack of integrity. He has outright lied about the bill he supports and the millions of illegals that get fast-tracked by the legislation.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

My senators Chambliss and Isakson are probably chomping at the bit to vote for this. I don’t trust what any of them say from either party and I won’t believe it’s dead until its six feet under.

ldbgcoleman on May 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

The Toomey sellout was to fail in the House, not in the Senate…I’ll keep hoping that the Gang of 8 runs along the same path into the path of a train.

EastofEden on May 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

VegasRick on May 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

color me skeptical

mjbrooks3 on May 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

SA-TUR-DAY Hey!

cmsinaz on May 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM

cmsinaz: Good Evening CMS,saturday it is:)
——————————————

Bay city rollers-Saturday night
*******************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjI6SXFFPc

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Kabuki. In the end, the laws gonna pass way above the 60 vote threshhold. Then, it becomes bipartisan and puts pressure on the House. Its already a done deal.

tommy71 on May 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Thanks for the info AZCoyote. But even items in the bill will disappear prior to the next prez election–freeing up 11 million (or is it 20 million?)extra voters to elect Hillary in 2016. What a fool Rubio is for not seeing this.

MaiDee on May 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM

“Get off my lawn.”~McCain et.al.

davidk on May 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM
———————————-

“And where’s my jello!!!!” ~McCain et.al.

jawkneemusic on May 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM
—————————————

No McCain – You get off my lawn.

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

22044:-:O

…”and get your *ss back over the fence”!

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

” “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system,…”

Why not try enforcing the laws that are already on the books, including securing the border…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

excellent!!

hows the weather up your way? snow?

cmsinaz on May 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

uh oh. chit chat & tunes. bluegill does not approve!

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

evening mr. canopfor & ms. cmsinaz :)

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I just remembered this tidbit,……


Judge:
******

Sheriff Arpaio’s agency engaged in racial profiling
By JJ Hensley

The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri May 24, 2013 10:06 PM
*************************

A federal judge’s ruling that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos could bring significant changes to the agency’s controversial approach to immigration enforcement.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued a lengthy ruling that prohibits sheriff’s deputies from using race as a factor in law-enforcement decisions, from detaining people solely for suspected immigration violations and from contacting federal immigration authorities to arrest suspected illegal immigrants who are not accused of committing state crimes.

The ruling, issued Friday afternoon — more than eight months after the final arguments were heard — brings an end to a case that started with the 2007 arrest near Cave Creek of Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a day laborer.

Snow’s ruling also provides thorough dissection of the constitutional violations that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement efforts imposed on Latinos in Maricopa County, and it frequently contrasts Arpaio’s own news releases and statements to media with testimony he offered during the trial.

Critics of Arpaio’s immigration enforcement efforts, many of whom have for years accused the Sheriff’s Office of discriminating against Latinos, said they felt vindicated by the ruling.

“It seems like what we have always known, that racial profiling was being done, was brought out by Judge Snow; now I think we all need to look at the remedies,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a longtime critic of the sheriff’s immigration policies.

“In my mind, people have been very abused in our communities,” she said. “We knew racial profiling was taking place and it was very hard to prove it.”

Arpaio’s attorney, Tim Casey, strongly denied that sheriff’s deputies ever engaged in racial profiling and promised to appeal the ruling.

Casey also took a broad view of the issue, drawing on recent court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration-enforcement law, to conclude that the federal government is trying to send a message to local law enforcement.

“It is very clear that when it comes to people in the country unlawfully, that federal law does not want any local law-enforcement participation,” he said.

‘Nothing has changed’
(More…)
=========

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20121109sheriff-arpaio-racial-profiling-lawsuit-ruling.html

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM
excellent!!

hows the weather up your way? snow?

cmsinaz on May 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

cmsinaz:

Its been cold for a few days,touch wood:)

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Bullshit.
Its just a humiliation tactic to breed a sense of futility in ever opposing “the machine”.
Could be wrong…hope so. But we’ll see.

Mimzey on May 25, 2013 at 8:37 PM

evening mr. canopfor & ms. cmsinaz :)

22044 on May 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

22044:Good Evening as well,lol,..Chitty-Chatty Tunes:)

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

It’s possible some of the red state Dems up for reelection next year are afraid to vote for amnesty. Hell, if they were scared to vote for a background check bill, they’ve gotta be terrified of the prospect of explaining to the people of their respective states why they supported the Gang of Ocho travesty. You look at the Republicans who are in favor of this thing and with the exception of Grahamnesty, all of them don’t have to answer to the voters for at least a few years.

Doughboy on May 25, 2013 at 7:41 PM

That was my first thought.

http://www.senate.gov/galleries/pdcl/reelection2014.html

DEMOCRATS up for reelection:

Max Baucus (Montana)*
Mark Begich (Alaska)
Chris Coons (Delaware)
William “Mo” Cowan (Massachusetts) – Appointee retiring, to be succeeded in June, 2013
Richard Durbin (Illinois)
Al Franken (Minnesota)
Kay Hagan (North Carolina)
Tom Harkin (Iowa)*
Tim Johnson (South Dakota) *
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana)
Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey)*
Carl Levin (Michigan)*
Jeff Merkley (Oregon)
Mark Pryor (Arkansas)
Jack Reed (Rhode Island)
John Rockefeller (West Virginia)*
Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
Mark Udall (Colorado)
Tom Udall (New Mexico)
Mark Warner (Virginia)

*Retiring in 2014

INC on May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

” “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system,…”

Why not try enforcing the laws that are already on the books, including securing the border…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Yup,one would think,thats common sense:)

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

*Retiring in 2014

INC on May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

INC: This popped up seven hours ago:)

Nebraska Gov. Heineman says he won’t seek vacant US Senate seat – @AP
Submitted 9 hours ago by editor
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canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

It’s possible some of the red state Dems up for reelection next year are afraid to vote for amnesty.

Doughboy

Unfortunately, that’s what we thought about Obamacare too. Time will tell if it works out that way this time.

xblade on May 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM

We don’t currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate,” Menendez said in an interview with Univision. “We need to add more votes on the floor. That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. Senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform, that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote.”

To Unvision? Isn’t that Mexico’s state?

Big John on May 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Yup,one would think,thats common sense:)

canopfor on May 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

They pass laws to ‘fix’ a problem, then don’t enforce the laws, and the problem gets worse…

… So ‘new’ laws are the order of the day to address the ‘broken’ system.

Time to put an end to this house of cards…

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM

INC on May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

If you think Durbin’s worried, guess again. I’m unfortunate enough to live in his zone and I can tell you with confidence, that guy’s a lock in Illinois. Hell, East St Louis already has a “Barack Obama Avenue” in downtown. You can see the exit sign on I-64 eastbound as you cross the river into Illinois. Between Chi-Town and the Metro-East (Durbin’s home turf, by-the-way), he’s not going anywhere.

Big John on May 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

..which means “we’ll wait a while and pull it back up after the next election”

How about securing the border first guys..and then, how about pressuring those in charge of immigration to enforcing the laws as they already exist?

celt on May 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

For all those illegals that are living in the shadows that Marco Polo, et. al. keep talking about, my community sure has turned into a Mexican village in the last 13 years.

moonsbreath on May 25, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I don’t care how many Dems won’t vote for it, it’s still the Republicans fault. (said in my best Harry Reid weirdo soft creepy voice.)

Cindy Munford on May 25, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Did Mccain return his US Border patrol ball cap back to the friend he heisted it from?……….

hillsoftx on May 25, 2013 at 10:03 PM

I share the skepticism of some people here.

That being said…is there any chance that the immigration officer union rejecting this has scared some Dem’s?

ChrisL on May 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Quick, somebody call for a vote on enforcing the immigration laws that are currently on the books…

“It’s a trap”

RalphyBoy on May 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

INC on May 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I’m 42 and Levin has been one of my senators for all but 7 years of my life. I will have to live 29 more years to have lived twice as long as Levin served. We need term limits.

NotCoach on May 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

“We don’t currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate,” Menendez said

Head fake.

bofh on May 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

1) Democrats lie. That it one of the basic building blocks of the universe.

2) Menendez is a Democrat, therefore he is lying.

3) Institutional Republicans lie to the Republican base. Also a basic building block of the universe. That explains McCain, Graham, Flake, Collins, Snow, Kirk, and Hatch. Rubio is in a separate traitorous category, but will go with the others.

Boehner is both an Institutional Republican, and a known traitor. We have lost every dispute in the House with Obama since the first of the year, and every time it has involved the putative Republican Speaker Boehner and 40 of his minions voting with Nancy Pelosi and against the Republican caucus. You CANNOT trust his assurances of resistance to the Left in the House.

4) Take everything you hear as enemy Dezhinformatsia and keep fighting like the country depends on it. It does. And be ready to wreak whatever vengeance is possible if they force it through.

Subotai Bahadur on May 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

If only we were China. Things are so much more streamlined there. /

HiJack on May 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Wow, pardon my take here but I thought Menendez resigned after getting caught raping those children in the Dominican Republic. Forget about his comments on the immigration bill, why is this guy still in office?

Ellis on May 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

“We don’t currently have 60 votes identified in the Senate,” Menendez said …

Supporters of the bill are pushing for a strong bipartisan vote of 70 or more …

Wait…I thought our liberal betters had assured us that this no-security/amnesty now piece of sh1t bill was a done deal?

Bwaaaaaaaaaaa!

Jaibones on May 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

That means that the community in your state, in every state, should be contacting your state’s two U.S. Senators saying that they want comprehensive immigration reform, that they are going to judge their political future based on this vote.” Sen. Minendez

Maybe I’m just pissy today, but the soft racism in the quote above has my blood boiling. Since when does a Senator get to tell us what we should be calling & telling him? The assumption here is (correct or not) that if you’re watching Univision you should automatically support his bill.

RationalIcthus on May 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Cornbread at 7:11 pm

I’ve been saying all along that the Gang of Eight has nothing to do with immigration reform- the current system is working just fine for the Dems.

This is about destroying the Republican the Dems see as the biggest threat to their power. Vile Shumer – and he is a VILE human being – will stab Marco in the back and leave him twisting in the wind.

Marco’s political career will be over and he doesn’t see it coming.

NEVER TRUST A DEMOCRAT.

Turn MD Red on May 26, 2013 at 6:58 AM

I don’t know why the House would go along with the Senate when they have passed a gazillion bills and the Senate can’t be bothered. Hello, budget?

Cindy Munford on May 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Saw MR on a Hannity special the other night trying to sell this pos bill. He kept claiming that the border security would be funded with all the taxes collected from all the illegals, I mean newly legals, who will be paying income taxes. hahaha. You are such a kidder, Marco. They will get every tax deduction known to man and then some more will be created for them. Low level workers don’t pay income taxes, they get refunds. It also sounded so complicated it would take a boat load of lawyers to figure out. Immigration law classes must be very popular nowadays. His ads along with Ryan are running every 15 min during Rush’s air time and are still claiming they won’t be eligible for govt welfare. Somebody wants this thing awful bad.

Kissmygrits on May 26, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Wow, pardon my take here but I thought Menendez resigned after getting caught raping those children in the Dominican Republic. Forget about his comments on the immigration bill, why is this guy still in office?

Ellis on May 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Dear Ellis, we have a couple of scandals with bedeviling this marvelous political leader. Which one are you talking about?

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Wednesday there was “no way” for him or his staff to know that an unpaid college intern in his office was in this country illegally and had registered as a sex offender……The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that immigration authorities arrested Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, last Thursday. Sanchez came to the United States on a now-expired visitor visa and may be deported. The exact nature of his sex-related offense was not immediately clear because it occurred when he was a minor, the AP said. The news agency cited an anonymous official as saying that the Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day.

Dource: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/senator-menendez-pleads-ignorance-sex-offender-intern-204210081–politics.html

In November, shortly before Menendez stood for reelection, The Daily Caller, a conservative website, published an article alleging Menendez had flown to the Dominican Republic to sleep with prostitutes, some of whom were underage. One of the alleged prostitutes told Univision earlier Monday she had never met or seen Menendez.
The allegations come at a troubling time for the Senator, who is about to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In January, Menendez reimbursed the Florida doctor who allegedly set up the trysts more than $58,500 for two private plane flights in 2010. The New York Times also reported he helped the doctor, Salomon Melgen, enforce a lucrative port-security contract with the Dominican government.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/bob-menendez-denies-prostitute-smears-87168.html#ixzz2UOvo6Q75

IlikedAUH2O on May 26, 2013 at 8:30 AM

We already have a comprehensive immigration policy:

Come here legally, obey our laws, and assimilate.

TheClearRiver on May 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Guess what Senator, Ted Kennedy and his fellow Democrats convinced President Reagan if he gave amnesty they would close the border. Your side lied once, shame on you. So we, the people, won’t do the “shame on me” act. We don’t rust your word, or that of any Democrat. A repeat of President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback might be necessary.

And closing the border is more than just Mexican citizens crossing illegally; it is a nation security crisis. Protecting citizens from foreign invasions is a primary responsibility of the federal government, not legalizing the invaders.

During 2005, the Border Patrol apprehended approximately 1.2 million illegal aliens and of those approximately 650 were from special interest countries. Special interest countries are those “designated by the intelligence community as countries that could export individuals that could bring harm to our country in the way of terrorism”. http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/PDF/Border-Report.pdf We can’t even control our legal immigrants that become domestic terrorists as in the Boston Bombing. So Senator, how many potential domestic terrorists do we now have in the US because you and your fellow Democrats have not closed the border.

amr on May 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

If this fails Rubio will have eaten a s*** sandwich for nothing.

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

If you participate in making the s*** sandwich, you’ve got to eat it.
BTW, Rubeo is an anti-American “no borders guy from way back.
Screw ‘em.
III/0317

dirtengineer on May 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Guess Mendez won’t be getting some new under aged ‘undocumented’ action here in the states..

Since nothing has been mentioned lately about his ‘field trip’s', he can line up another supporter to fly him to Puerto Rico.

ChuckTX on May 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You can’t trust Menendez with anything, so disregard. He’s trying to lower conservative defenses and outrage.

Senate time would be better spent considering his ethics violations.

virgo on May 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Good, so we’ll just leave them to play with themselves for the next 3 years.

claudius on May 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

If this fails Rubio will have eaten a s*** sandwich for nothing.

cornbred on May 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

It’s looking like it might and I really have some pity for the man even as I mock him for being a cowardly turncoat. He sold out lawful citizens for the promise of the diversity-enforcers ramming through another sponsorship of unskilled lazy peasants…and he didn’t even get his proverbial bowl of stew in return.

Rubio is going to be left with the ruins of a career, a political party that laughs at him behind his back, and a voting base that despises him. All for…what?

MelonCollie on May 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

There are enough purple Republicans in Florida to keep Rubio in office for Charlie Crist’s next 10 party affiliation changes, that he won’t have to worry about reelection, but his Tea Party shtick is done for.

MorninMojo

Mornin Mojo on May 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

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