Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss) was among the original 15 Republicans to vote for cloture (shutting down discussion) this week on S. 744, the so-called immigration reform bill. Today Wicker voted against the bill, the only one of the 15 to defect. Governor Chris Christie appointed Jeffrey Chiesa to replace deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg on June 6, 2013, just in time to cast the vote. Chiesa is retiring in 2014.
Notably, Senator Wicker also voted no on gun control . Just a few days before the vote, the Senate mail machine found a letter to Wicker containing ricin, a powerful poison. MSNC referred to Wicker as among other “cowards” who voted against gun control.
After the bill [gun control] went down to defeat, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” featured multiple segments where the co-hosts raged against the outcome. In one block, viewers were shown “faces of cowardice” posters of senators designed to enrage them against the “no” voters. Notably, the politician montage did not include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) even though he voted against the bill. Source: Newsbusters
“I voted against passage of the immigration bill because the legislation is deeply flawed and if enacted would not fix our broken system,” Wicker said. “The Corker-Hoeven amendment, in my view, improved the enforcement provisions of the bill. However, more work needed to be done to alleviate my concerns – and those of my constituents – to ensure that we stop the current onslaught of illegal immigration once and for all.”
Wicker’s webpage also lays out the amendments he introduced to make the bill’s handling of our nation’s security stronger. See them below. All were nixed:
End Sanctuary Cities
Double the Penalty Fees
Require the DHS Secretary to Adjust all Fees and Penalties for Inflation
Prohibit Applicants Who Have Filed Frivolous Applications for Asylum
Expedite the Removal Proceedings of Illegal Immigrants with Serious Criminal Offenses’
Ensure Those Found Ineligible Have Their Provisional Legal Status Revoked
…an embarrassment to this institution and an assault on the principles of democracy ~ Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Senator Marco Rubio is feeling the weight of the world dropping from his shoulders. After ramrodding the legislation through, and not telling the truth while doing so, it’s now over. He got it done. He’s moving on. He has time to help us forget. We won’t forget.
The bill now goes to the House. Speaker John Boehner says they will start over, will address illegals in their own way and he has promised to follow the Hastert Rule of never bringing the legislation to the floor for a vote without a majority of Republicans approving.
Republicans voting for the “deeply flawed” legislation are:
Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, Jeffrey Chiesa, Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Marco Rubio. Source: CNN
The following Republican Senators who voted to pass the “deeply flawed” bill and up for re-election in 2014 are:
Lamar Alexander – TN
Susan Collins – ME
Lindsey Graham – SC
Jeffrey Chiesa – NJ, is retiring
To date, not a single Republican Senator voting for the bill has explained this from Section 5 (5) (read it for yourself here) (SEC. 5 (Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy and Southern Border Fencing Strategy):
(5) LIMITATION ON REQUIREMENTS- Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require the Secretary to install fencing, or infrastructure that directly results from the installation of such fencing, in a particular location along the Southern border, if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain effective control over the Southern border at such location.
As Founder James Madison said:
“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”
― James Madison
None of the proponents of S. 744 in the Senate understood that telling the truth, as laid out in the law they seek to pass, is what they are paid to do.