Your voice has made a difference!
“One thing that’s not being reported about this whole immigration thing is the degree to which it’s opposed by the people in this country,” said Rush Limbaugh. “You try calling, you can’t get through [because] you are inundating them. You are overwhelming them.”
The U.S. Senate passed the anti-gun amnesty bill today on a 68-32 vote.
Through this long, hard fight, you guys tied up the Capitol Hill phone lines in opposition to the bill. And your voice has resonated, much to the chagrin of the anti-gun politicos on Capitol Hill.
At first blush, the final tally might seem like an overwhelming loss for our side, but the fact is, it represents the proverbial “kiss of death” for Chuck Schumer’s anti-gun, amnesty forces.
Senator Schumer & Co. fell far short of the goal they set for passing the amnesty bill -- a goal they HAD TO ACHIEVE if they were going to have ANY momentum at all in the House.
Chuck Todd, a perennial water-carrier for the Obama administration, lamented this on MSNBC this week:
“The sweet spot was 75-plus in the Senate because that number would have meant that they would have gotten half of the Republican conference [and would put pressure on House Republicans]. Instead, it looks like they are not going to get that.”
Several times, Senator Schumer tried to achieve his “sweet spot” of 70-75 votes -– which would have allowed him to claim that his bill had momentum going into the House.
But several times, Schumer failed. And on the final vote, he fell almost ten votes short of what he needed.
This is just the beginning of the bad news in store for Schumer. Now that his bill goes over to the House, we have a really nasty surprise for him.
It’s called a “blue slip,” and Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) is pushing the House leadership to pass a blue slip resolution that would send the Senate amnesty bill into the trash heap because it raises taxes -- an initiative that, under the Constitution, must begin in the House of Representatives.
This is not the only problem the Senate bill has. In addition to the blue slip problem, both liberal and conservative media are declaring the bill is “Dead on Arrival” in the House for various reasons:
* We have revived the “Hastert Rule,” and Boehner is now saying that he won’t bring up the Senate-passed immigration bill for a vote.
* Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) was quoted in The Washington Post yesterday as saying that the House won’t seriously debate any immigration reform until mid-Fall.
* And in the Senate, we will filibuster any effort to stick it onto a new House-initiated vehicle.
Trust us that the media would have used a 70-80 vote margin to try to create the impression of massive bipartisan momentum. They can't do that easily now.
Now that the Senate has finished its consideration of the amnesty bill, the battle moves to the House -- probably in a few months. So now’s a good time for everyone to send a parting, closing shot to their Senators.
You can see how your Senators voted here . Every Democrat voted for the bill, including the following 14 Republicans: Alexander (TN), Ayotte (NH), Chiesa (NJ), Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Flake (AZ), Graham (SC), Hatch (UT), Heller (NV), Hoeven (ND), Kirk (IL), McCain (AZ), Murkowski (AK) and Rubio (FL).