Monday, February 09, 2009

Bipartisanship. Yeah. UPDATED

More bipartisanship in getting the “stimulus” package crammed down your throats passed:

GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions and Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson attempted several times to bring their bipartisan amendment to the floor last week. SA 239 would require local governments and businesses that receive porkulus money to use the federal E-Verify citizenship check system. . . .

But Democrat Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow it to come to the floor. Now, we’re headed for cloture.

“While it is difficult to believe that Senate leaders might insist that illegal aliens have the same chance at new stimulus jobs as unemployed Americans, this scenario may now be at hand,” says Roy Beck of Numbers USA. “SA 239 is now unlikely to receive a floor vote.”

This is a strange slap in the face of Sen. Ben Nelson. My understanding is he played an important role in bringing over enough cowards liberal Republicans to get the “stimulus” package passed. Some thanks he’s getting. This is also very much against the spirit of the Senate where senators have traditionally been giving a lot of freedom in making amendments.

But those of you who voted for Obama in part because you hoped for a more nonpartisan or bipartisan Washington, sorry -- you’ve been punked . . . again.

UPDATE: The fight for the citizenship verification amendment is not over just yet.

Harry Reid might be about to learn the hard way that the United States Senate is no one-party dictatorship.

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