Friday, June 14, 2013

Car Pool to D.C., Anyone?

From Patricia Evans:

"This may be our last stand. Let's organize carpooling to the rally from all areas of the state. If you can drive a group, or need a ride from Southside Virginia, please let me know:

The National Tea Party Patriots are organizing a MASS RALLY to be held at the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the immigration bill as well as the Internal Revenue Service’ targeting of conservative organizations. Watch the YouTube here:
http://youtu.be/XElUeGk3mKQ   For more information, click here:  http://www.teapartypatriots.org/audit-the-irs-rally/
 Conservative lawmakers are planning a day-long Lincoln-Douglas-style debate on immigration in front of the U.S. Capitol building next Wednesday to counter what they say has been a lack of legitimate debate inside the halls of Congress. The debate is slated for Wednesday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and then again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. In between, members of Congress will join with an already-planned Tea Party rally against the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative organizations. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/13/conservative-lawmakers-planning-lincoln-douglas-style-immigration-debate-in-front-of-the-capitol/

 Audit the IRS Rally!

12-2 pm, June 19th, 

on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

House GOP Revolt Against Immigration Reform Begins
News from the left, The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174787/house-gop-revolt-against-immigration-reform-begins#axzz2W8wxNkHs
There is a very real chance that reform could die —if, for example, Senator John Cornyn’s border security amendment passes, the bill might become unsupportable for many Democrats.
 
This week began with some promising signs from the office of House Speaker John Boehner. For months, he said virtually nothing about his strategy for passing immigration reform—not even whether one existed—but Politico reported Monday that “privately, the Ohio Republican is beginning to sketch out a road map to try to pass some version of an overhaul in his chamber.” The next morning, during an ABC News interview, Boehner hinted that he might allow an immigration bill to pass the House with a majority of Democratic votes, thereby abandoning the so-called “Hastert rule.”

Without question, that was tremendous news for proponents of immigration reform. But don’t think conservatives opposed to any legislation didn’t notice—and the first unified effort by anti-immigration House members might have now begun.

Revolt Among Republicans on Immigration Bill: 70 House Members Risk Careers in Planned Showdown With Leadership

Seventy House Republicans are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country.
The 70 members are petitioning for a special Republican conference meeting on the bill, a
“highly unusual” move to go head-to-head with the speaker, according to Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas), who are serving as spokespersons for the group.

Bachmann, King and Gohmert told TheBlaze the group is invoking the Hastert Rule: requiring support from a majority of the majority to bring a bill forward.
 
The petition is expected to go to the House leadership on Friday, but it’s possible some signatories might remove their names due to political risk, or that Boehner could head off the challenge by striking a deal. Going against leadership in such a way could have harsh political consequences for the signatories, including retaliation such as permanently getting passed over for chairmanship positions.

A Boehner spokesman did not immediately comment on the letter.

Boehner is on a tight schedule for getting immigration reform passed in the House, predicting this week that Congress could finalize a bill for President Barack Obama’s signature by the end of the year. Any major challenge could ignite pushback from the American public that could force lawmakers to scrap the bill, as happened in the 2007 immigration effort.

The three representatives told TheBlaze that more than half of the Republicans in the House were elected after 2007, and have no concept of how strongly the public opposed the bill.

In an interview with World Net Daily this week, Bachmann predicted that if the immigration bill becomes law, “the whole political system will change.”

“This is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect. We will perpetually have a progressive, liberal president, probably a Democrat, and we will probably see the House of Representatives go into Democrat hands and the Senate will stay in Democrat hands,” Bachmann said.

She also said that if it passes, the bill will create a permanent progressive class.

“That’s what’s at risk right now. It may sound melodramatic, I don’t mean it that way, but this is that big and that important,” Bachmann said.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/13/revolt-among-republicans-on-immigration-bill-70-house-members-risk-careers-in-planned-showdown-with-leadership/
UPDATE:

Boehner has responded to a question regarding the procedure that those in his caucus are planning on using to fight the bill. You can read what he said in our follow-up story.

Gang of Eight Rejects Border Security Amendment


The Gang of Eight members’ oft-repeated promise that their bill would secure the borders first then legalize illegal aliens, Reid moved to table (in other words, kill) an amendment offered by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that would have significantly strengthened the border security requirements. Sen. Grassley was quite upset and addressed Sen. Reid very pointedly. See parts of that exchange here.

S. 744 is fatally flawed in so many areas...  Senator Reid’s obstructionism and fact that the entire Gang of Eight voted against Grassley’s amendment prove that amnesty advocates are not serious about securing the border. The Gang of Eight assured us that amnesty would only happen once the borders were secure, now they are blatantly breaking that promise and refusing to secure the borders. We need you to keep calling to stop this bill! Call 202- 224-3121 "Border security FIRST,  NO Amnesty"
Click here: http://capwiz.com/eagleforum/issues/alert/?alertid=62725781&queueid=9663206316

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