This is astonishing: Blog of the Week Right Wing News notes that Senate Democrats have successfully blocked an amendment to the immigration bill now under consideration that would have prevented aliens convicted of felonies from becoming citizens:
Democrats said the amendment would “gut” the immigration bill under consideration in the Senate and refused to allow a vote on it.
So now the Democrats are using the filibuster to protect the “right” of convicted felons who have emigrated to the U.S. illegally to become citizens. How can they possibly justify that, you ask? Beats me:
“I do not have to explain in any more detail than what I have as why I don’t want to move forward,” Mr. Reid said. “I don’t agree with the amendment. I don’t think it’s going to benefit this legislation that is pending before the Senate and I’m going to do what I can to prevent a vote on it.”
Later, Mr. Reid added, “We’re not going to allow amendments like Kyl-Cornyn to take out what we believe is the goodness of this bill.”
In another case of mind-boggling Senate folly, Right Wing News also notes Trent Lott’s touching tribute to pork:
I’ll just say this about the so-called porkbusters. I’m getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble ever since Katrina.
It is common, I think, for Senators to get tired of hearing from the voters, and they tire especially quickly of hearing from taxpayers.