$600 million Bill passes House and Senate for Border Security.
Posted August 11, 2010on:
Border Security $600 million bill got passed by the House in a voice vote and as it turns out it is the same bill that the Senate had passed so all Harry Reid, needs is two Democrats in the Senate Chambers to pass the bill into law ready for the President’s signature. It is more spending but border security is a must in my opinion. They claim it is fully paid for by the taxes from multi-national companies. Companies who are being targeted for the $26 billion state bail out bill also. Companies that can very easily simply lock their US doors and leave the country! BB
In an unexpected move Thursday night, Senate Democrats won approval of a $600 million bill that includes money for 1,500 new border personnel, a pair of unmanned drones and military-style bases along the border. The bill by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) fulfilled a request from President Barack Obama. Schumer will return to Washington to make the unanimous consent request, a Senate Democratic aide said.
Senate Republicans called the Democrats’ bluff by agreeing to pass the bill by unanimous consent Thursday. Schumer had introduced the bill only a few hours earlier, leading immigration reform advocates to surmise that the Democrats never expected the GOP to accept the measure.
The move infuriated activists who said Democrats were trying to placate Republicans who would never be satisfied with the government’s enforcement efforts.
“Groups around the country who are working hard to deliver practical and comprehensive immigration reform are dismayed over the developments of the last few days,” said Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, an immigrant rights group. “Republicans have falsely and in bad faith used border security to whip up their base in the run-up to the fall elections. They’ve blocked real reform and are demanding an endless and fruitless focus on pure enforcement. Unfortunately, Democrats have taken the bait and fallen into the trap.”