Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gay Rights Could Sink Immigration Reform

I have every reason to think that the so called immigration reform bill will never become law simply because it will never make it through the House. Of course that's the way it supposed to work. Just as the Senate gun bill was supposed to sail through the Senate and then die in the House where the Tea Party and NRA have considerable clout Immigration reform is supposed to die in the House to serve as campaign issue to be exploited by Democratic congressional candidates.
As of late the odds of the so called gang of 8 bill may get a bit longer. Quoting Politico:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has told advocates that he will offer an amendment during the bill markup next week allowing gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for green cards, just as heterosexual couples can. The measure is likely to pass because Democrats face pressure from gay rights advocates to deal with it in committee, rather than on the Senate floor, where the odds of passage are far less favorable.
But by doing so, Republicans warn that Democrats will tank the whole bill.
“It will virtually guarantee that it won’t pass,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Gang of Eight negotiating group, told POLITICO in a brief interview. “This issue is a difficult enough issue as it is. I respect everyone’s views on it. But ultimately, if that issue is injected into this bill, the bill will fail and the coalition that helped put it together will fall apart.”
The coalition will fall apart? Does Rubio mean he will leave? One doubts if Senators Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, or Bennett are going anywhere.
Never mind the fun the gang of 8 will have getting Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 to vote for that turkey. Yo, Mary Landrieu! have we got a bill for you! It'll make your voters forget all about the drilling moratorium.

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