Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Last Chance to kill the Amnesty Bill

Today is the day that Congress will vote on cloture for the illegal immigration bill. I know some of you are thinking I don’t have a clue how my government works, what does that mean? Well that is sad, not knowing how your own government works, but I digress.

What it means is that if 60 Senators vote yes to cloture the debate on the bill will be closed and the bill will go to vote.

If cloture passes there will be:

No more than thirty hours of debate may occur.

No Senator may speak for more than one hour.

No amendments may be moved unless they were filed on the day in between the presentation of the petition and the actual cloture vote.

All amendments must be relevant to the debate.

Certain debates on procedure are not permissible.

The presiding officer gains additional power in controlling debate. [Democrats]

No other matters may be considered until the question upon which cloture was invoked is disposed of.

If the Senate gets all of the 60 votes it needs today the bill is expected to be passed, but if they fall short of the 60 votes then the bill is dead, adios amigos.

It is looking like a real, real close vote as well. So who hasn’t decided how they will vote?

The following 12 senators are leaning against the bill itself but so far are leaning toward the cloture motion — which means, in reality, that they would be helping pass the amnesty bill even though they would vote against the actual bill when it came up for a vote:

Bond (R-Mo.), Bingaman (D-N.M.), Burr (R-N.C.), Boxer (D-Calif.), Cochran (R-Miss.), Conrad (D-N.D.), Ensign (R-Nev.), Levin (D-Mich.), Gregg (R-N.H.), Nelson (D-Neb.), Hatch (R-Utah), Webb (D-Va.).

My prediction, cloture will pass and the bill will eventually become law. So practice up on your Spanish cause 12 million illegal immigrants are about to become legal.

los buenos días, Qué tal, me llamo tony, bienvenidos a América. Espero que usted trajera la tequila.

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