Senate Passes Immigration Bill

Now it goes to the House for what may be acrimonious negotiations. The Senate approach is fairly comprehensive, but many in the House want only punitive measures. Denny Hastert has a policy of making sure the only bills that come up for a vote are those supported by a majority of Republicans; he doesn’t want anything to pass with obvious bipartisan backing. Of course, this means not only that Democratic House members get almost no say in legislation, but that their constituents have no voice in our supposedly representative government. But that’s another post in itself.

I predict lots of posturing and nasty rhetoric. Oh, goody…

2 Responses to “Senate Passes Immigration Bill”

  1. Don says:

    Kathy, that’s the way the game is usually played no matter which party is in the majority. Partisan wrangling and posturing burns my buns nearly as much as a flame not quite waist high. That’s what makes non-partisan unicameral government, such as Nebraska has had over 70 years, much more desirable. When will the feds and the other states wise up? ANSWER: probably never.

  2. Kathy says:

    Yeah, I know there’s always going to be partisan bickering as long as there are partisans. I do think Hastert’s policy is unprecedented, at least in my memory (which I admit is not that long in terms of US history).

    And you’re right, no one will ever wise up. The party in power won’t want to give it up, and the party out of power will always be hoping to get back in.

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