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Jeff Sessions Holds the Line, Blocks Democrat Immigration Travesty
Powerline ^ | July 31, 2014 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 07/31/2014 8:00:34 PM PDT by kabar

There was high drama on the Senate floor this evening. Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obama’s $2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border, in the form of a supplemental budget request. An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this blow-by-blow account of what happened:

It required 60 votes to waive that point of order. After failing to table the filled amendment tree, Sessions raised the point of order. Appropriations Committee Chair Mikulski, author of the legislation, moved to waive all points of order on the bill. Dems failed to waive the point of order, by a vote of 50 yeas and 44 nays, with Manchin again voting with Republicans.

So the Senate immigration supplemental appropriations bill is dead.

This is very good news, although of course it would be better news if Congress would stand up to the president’s lawless and unconstitutional determination to repeal federal statutes by executive decree. For now, though, let’s be grateful, once again, to Senator Jeff Sessions, who stood in the gap and, this time, prevailed.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda; alien; aliens; amnesty; boarder; border; democrat; democrats; immigration; jeffsessions; obama; senate
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Jeff Sessions was a hero tonight--and a leader. He deserves our thanks and praise.
1 posted on 07/31/2014 8:00:34 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Words right out of my mouth.


2 posted on 07/31/2014 8:02:23 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: kabar

It’s nice to know somebody has figured out that we’re fighting for our country here. We don’t need a bunch of tattooed, snotty nosed morons who get “offended” and become hysterical when they see a U.S. flag.


3 posted on 07/31/2014 8:03:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: kabar

He is one of the good guys.


4 posted on 07/31/2014 8:03:36 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: kabar

He is one of the good guys.


5 posted on 07/31/2014 8:04:16 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: kabar

Correct!! The Demonkrats need to be voted out. Need more conservatives.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: kabar

Keep it up Jeff, make us proud!


7 posted on 07/31/2014 8:06:24 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: kabar

Nothing like an honest man! A man among men.


8 posted on 07/31/2014 8:07:16 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: kabar

Good news! We owe Jeff Sessions a big thank you.


9 posted on 07/31/2014 8:08:07 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: kabar

‘Cruz was the man of the hour though’...wouldn’t not have happened without him working behind the scenes...Jeff just did the mouth work....he jumped on board with Cruz as we all know.


10 posted on 07/31/2014 8:09:19 PM PDT by caww
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To: kabar

The Birmingham News hardly ever covers Sen. Sessions unless it’s in a negative manner.

They are too busy writing articles about cupcakes, puppies and homosexual marriage/interest articles.

Another once solid newspaper dead.


11 posted on 07/31/2014 8:11:31 PM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: kabar
Phone calls must be paying off.

I called my two sinators yesterday and told them amnesty was a deal breaker for me.

Called my rep and told him the same thing.

The only acceptable border bill contains two things:

1) Deportation 2) Secure the border

12 posted on 07/31/2014 8:12:47 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: kabar

Go Jeff!


13 posted on 07/31/2014 8:13:30 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: kabar

Let’s all email Jeff Sessions our thanks


14 posted on 07/31/2014 8:14:31 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: kabar

http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff


15 posted on 07/31/2014 8:19:27 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

I just left a message at one of his offices in Alabama. This voice mailbox is not full yet. Let’s fill it.

Jeff Sessions (334) 792-4924


16 posted on 07/31/2014 8:20:25 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: caww
Other way around. Sessions has been the leader on immigration since the defeat of the 2006 Hegel-Martinez amnesty bill.

His Becoming the Party of Work--How the GOP can help struggling Americans, and itself. should be required reading for all conservatives.

17 posted on 07/31/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Someone with a backbone. Illegals are treated like first class citizens, and what do we get? $4 gas, a pathetic economy, cancelled insurance policies, a trampled Constitution and 7.5 trillion worth of debt under an administration that refuses to be held accountable....for anything. Even better, Republicans are trying to pass a border bill that does nothing to address border security or validate the current laws our government is brazenly violating. When is enough, enough? Obama and his fellow radical leftists should have been charged long ago. I’m sick of the passive response from Congressional leaders. Hell, I’m ready for the military to arrest him.


18 posted on 07/31/2014 8:22:51 PM PDT by xuberalles ("The Right Stuff" Conservative Novelties http://www.zazzle.com/xuberalles)
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To: kabar

Thank God


19 posted on 07/31/2014 8:26:06 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: kabar

Jeff Sessions For President.


20 posted on 07/31/2014 8:26:17 PM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: kabar

A contentious showdown like this could almost give you the impression that republicans and democrats aren’t the same.


21 posted on 07/31/2014 8:28:40 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: xuberalles
Steve King was on Greta tonight. He thinks there will be a bill coming out of the House tomorrow. Steve said that they met tonight to make the needed changes to satisfy his required changes. If Steve approves it, the bill is fine with me.

There were serious problems with the Boehner bill.

Brief Analysis of the House Republican Leadership's Secure the Southwest Border Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014

While the appropriations sections of the bill are a great improvement over the President's request, and focus government spending more directly on repatriation of the families and children who crossed in the surge, the sections of the bill addressing the processing of unaccompanied alien children are little more than a repackaging of the worst elements of the HUMANE Act.

There is nothing in the provisions of Division B of this bill that merits serious consideration by any member of Congress truly interested in abating the flow of minors and family units northward.

22 posted on 07/31/2014 8:29:21 PM PDT by kabar
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To: blam

I second that. Jeff Sessions or Ted Cruz would be great nominees. We need to change the direction of the GOP, which has been taken over by the corporate elites. Both parties have abandoned the American worker.


23 posted on 07/31/2014 8:31:21 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
That was 7 yrs ago.....this is now..and the entire congress has ebbed and flowed on this issue of immigration since then.

That is not to say he isn't involved , as are others, but I will stand on Cruz being the lead in this matter as it was Cruz who met with them all Wednesday in a private meeting.

I believe Cruz has stated that it's not significant who gets the credit, with things as they are in congress, it's that things get done. Further Sessions taking the lead on the floor was the right thing to do since the democrats would love nothing else but to blame this on Cruz...which they already are.

24 posted on 07/31/2014 8:32:19 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Sorry, but NO.

Senator Sessions has been leading the Senate fight against amnesty since GW Bush was president. He has ALWAYS been a vocal advocate against these comprehensive immigration/amnesty bills both Dems and Pubbies have tried to strong-arm through.

Senator Sessions and his efforts were happening long before Senator Cruz ever got elected to the Senate.


25 posted on 07/31/2014 8:32:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: kabar

Jeff Sessions is one of the few truly good guys.


26 posted on 07/31/2014 8:32:45 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: kabar; All

Please everyone get this on twitter.........tweet it


27 posted on 07/31/2014 8:33:41 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: TomGuy

I agree. Sessions has been the one consistently opposed to our open borders.


28 posted on 07/31/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: kabar

The American worker is too uninformed that he has no voice representing him.


29 posted on 07/31/2014 8:38:44 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: kabar

praise and PRAYERS for Jeff Sessions!


30 posted on 07/31/2014 8:43:04 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: Theodore R.

God Bless Jeff Sessions.....
I have called and thanked him before...
I will call again!!!!!!


31 posted on 07/31/2014 8:43:18 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: caww
Sorry, but I head an immigration grassroots organization that lobbies on the Hill. I have been doing this for over 8 years. Sessions has been the unquestioned leader in the Senate during this entire time and Steve King in the House. I have worked with both of them as has NumbersUSA, FAIR, CIS, etc.

Cruz has only come recently to the issue. Sessions led the fight against the Gang of 8 bill meeting with House GOP members. He prepared a lengthy briefing paper on the Gang of 8 bill and immigration and distributed it to every GOP member of the House.

Sessions led the fight against the McCain-Kennedy bill. He has led the fight for a long time. I am glad Cruz is picking up on the issue. He participated in last years DC March for Jobs along with Sessions, King, Mo Brooks, Alan West, and others. In fact Steve King marched in the front of the parade on a very hot day with about 4,000 of us, including many blacks.

I like and respect Ted Cruz, but I can't let you get away with the allegation that Sessions is just the front man. Nothing could be further from the truth.

32 posted on 07/31/2014 8:43:38 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Maybe we should go over to the Birmingham News and give Mr Sessions some kudos..what do you think?


33 posted on 07/31/2014 8:44:18 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: kabar
Jeff Sessions was a hero tonight--and a leader. He deserves our thanks and praise.

Indeed he does!

34 posted on 07/31/2014 8:44:29 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: blam

Second!


35 posted on 07/31/2014 8:44:39 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: kabar

Sorry, I would need to hear Ted Cruz’s opinion on that House bill (yes, I know Cruz is in the Senate).

I really don’t trust anyone in the House


36 posted on 07/31/2014 8:45:38 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: kabar
Sorry, but I head an immigration grassroots organization that lobbies on the Hill.

Keep it up, Kabar, and thank you! You have also been our champion on this issue here at Free Republic!

37 posted on 07/31/2014 8:46:48 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: kabar

Once again Jeff Sessions stands in the breach.


38 posted on 07/31/2014 8:46:57 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: TomGuy

It’s not a competition guys. Who CARES who was first..we need them all,,,ALL to fight against King Obama’s agenda!


39 posted on 07/31/2014 8:46:57 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: blam

bttt


40 posted on 07/31/2014 8:48:59 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: kabar

Good grief!!! We are now going to split hairs on who is the *front man*? Really? We need every pol we can get, we need Sessions AND Cruz.

Or is it your contention Cruz is not necessary and Sessions can go it alone. ....is that what you prefer?

Who the heck CARES who was first?! Geeesh,,has Obamaism crept this far into the ranks of Conservatives? Now we are going to have a stand off over who was first? Really? This is EXACTLY what King Obama wants. Is Sessions demanding any sort of credit? Come on!


41 posted on 07/31/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: Theodore R.
They don't need to be informed about the fact that immigrants are taking their jobs and depressing their wages. They see it every day. The union bosses have sold them out. They know it, but what political party supports them? The GOP supports Big Business and the Chamber of Commerce. The Dems give lip service but turn around and support increased immigration.

Becoming the Party of Work --How the GOP can help struggling Americans, and itself. By Senator Jeff Sessions

When Americans went to the polls in 2012, the following was true: Work-force participation had sunk to its lowest level in 35 years, wages had fallen below 1999 levels, and 47 million Americans were on food stamps. Yet Mitt Romney, the challenger to the incumbent president, lost lower- and middle-income voters by an astonishing margin. Among voters earning $30,000 to $50,000, he trailed by 15 points, and among voters earning under $30,000 he trailed by 28 points.

And what did the GOP’s brilliant consultant class conclude from this resounding defeat? They declared that the GOP must embrace amnesty. The Republican National Committee dutifully issued a report calling for a “comprehensive immigration reform” that would inevitably increase the flow of low-skilled immigration, reducing the wages and living standards of the very voters whose trust the GOP had lost.

Over the past four decades, as factories were shuttered and blue-collar jobs were outsourced or automated, net immigration quadrupled. Yet the corporate-consultant class has pronounced that an insufficient level of immigration is the problem. A more colossal misreading of the political moment has rarely occurred.

Perhaps the most important political development now unfolding in the U.S. is the public’s growing loss of faith in our political and financial elites of both parties. To open the ears of disaffected voters, the GOP must break publicly from the elite immigration consensus of Wall Street and Davos. Republicans have a clear path to building a conservative majority if they free themselves from the corporate consultants and demonstrate to the American public that the GOP is the only party aligned with the core interests, concerns, and beliefs of everyday hardworking citizens.

But the immigration “principles” offered by House GOP leaders imply that record immigration levels must be increased further to meet “the needs of employers.” One such GOP proposal — to provide the food industry with half a million low-skilled workers each year — was polled by Rasmussen. Nearly 70 percent of independent voters opposed it.

42 posted on 07/31/2014 8:50:36 PM PDT by kabar
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Sessions has been fighting amnesty for a decade now. He was involved back when W was pushing amnesty.

He’s up there with Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter, fighting for this country and being vilified by his party for it. Long before it was cool to do so.


43 posted on 07/31/2014 8:50:57 PM PDT by yorkiemom ( "...if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: kabar

Mo Brooks is another good one. He’s principled and tough as nails.


44 posted on 07/31/2014 8:52:24 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: kabar

He is standing tall


45 posted on 07/31/2014 8:57:28 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: austinaero
Good grief!!! We are now going to split hairs on who is the *front man*? Really? We need every pol we can get, we need Sessions AND Cruz.

Or is it your contention Cruz is not necessary and Sessions can go it alone. ....is that what you prefer?

You need to go back and reread my posts, which were in response to another poster. They need to be read in that context. I was not the one who brought up Cruz's name. This thread is about what Jeff Sessions did tonight. I said nothing negative about Ted Cruz and said that I supported either Sessions or Cruz as the 2016 nominee for President.

Who the heck CARES who was first?! Geeesh,,has Obamaism crept this far into the ranks of Conservatives? Now we are going to have a stand off over who was first? Really? This is EXACTLY what King Obama wants. Is Sessions demanding any sort of credit? Come on!

Good grief, get a grip on yourself. I just set the record straight based on my over 8 years of lobbying on the issue on the Hill. Jeff Sessions deserves our praise for what he did tonight. He was a leader.

46 posted on 07/31/2014 8:58:38 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Call him and tell him. There’s a ton of pressure on him right now.


47 posted on 07/31/2014 8:58:42 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: kabar

Thank you for your work.


48 posted on 07/31/2014 8:59:10 PM PDT by yorkiemom ( "...if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: kabar

Cruz & Sessions 2016!


49 posted on 07/31/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Yardstick
Agreed on Mo Brooks. He is definitely one of the good guys. He gets it on immigration, which is a winning issue politically if you know how to use it.

I helped the Dave Brat campaign in the primary on the issue of immigration. Brat used it perfectly. The GOP should use his approach on immigration as a template nationally.

50 posted on 07/31/2014 9:02:01 PM PDT by kabar
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