Today at 2:15 pm Eastern the Senate will vote cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3454, the Defense authorization bill.
Democrats will tack on two amendments unpopular with voters: the DREAM Act illegal alien amnesty and a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a policy first put into place by the Clinton administration to prevent homosexuals from openly proclaiming their sexual preference while serving in the military.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explains:
“The Majority Leader is preparing to significantly limit debate on the annual defense bill so that he can ram through two controversial election-year priorities: repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law and enactment of a controversial amnesty program known as the DREAM Act. In doing so, he is ignoring the clear wishes of the American people and demonstrating that Washington remains deeply out of touch with everyday Americans.
“The Senate has traditionally considered the defense legislation for a week or more, allowing for robust debate and careful consideration of scores of amendments. This year, the Majority Leader has indicated his intent to limit debate and block all amendments to the bill except three that he has personally handpicked.
“The Democrats’ effort to tack the DREAM Act onto the unrelated defense bill is a transparent attempt to force a controversial immigration amnesty program on the American people — a measure that the Senate has repeatedly rejected when considered by itself. Its provisions would provide a pathway to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and would give illegal residents discounted in-state tuition for college, even as Americans living in other states are required to pay dramatically more. In effect, President Obama and Democrat leaders are asking Americans struggling through an economic downturn to provide tax subsidies for illegal aliens so they may attend colleges at less cost than their own kids. The proposal also includes no means to verify whether false documents have been submitted to the amnesty program, inviting massive fraud and abuse.
“The public has made clear its wish to see lawfulness restored at the border before other policies are considered. Instead, this legislation only incentivizes illegality– at great cost to the taxpayer.
“The Senate’s consideration of a repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is premature because it preempts the findings of our commanders on an important military policy. Serious questions remain about what impact a repeal would have on our fighting force. Currently the Secretary of Defense is conducting a study to determine what effect repeal would have on military readiness, recruitment, and retainment. The findings of that review are expected to be made public on December 1. Repealing the policy now, before the Pentagon’s study is complete, sends the message that election-year politics are more important than military readiness.
“The Senate should spend the time necessary to carefully consider and debate the defense bill so that we can pass the best legislation for the warfighter. Instead, Democrats are playing politics with the nation’s defense policy. This is irresponsible and dangerous for our military personnel.”
The broadly-drafted Senate bill would confer benefits on applicants up to age 35 and the House bill contains no age ceiling at all. The academic achievement requirements are minimal. Moreover, illegal aliens who didn’t arrive in the country until they turned 15 — after they laid down significant roots in their home country — would be eligible for DREAM Act benefits and eventual U.S. citizenship. And like past amnesty packages, the Democrat plan is devoid of any concrete eligibility and enforcement mechanisms to deter already-rampant immigration benefit fraud.
With no age limit enforcement on the bill, anyone could sign up for classes to qualify for amnesty.
The bill requires 60 votes to move forward.
Malkin is also updating public statements for or against cloture from senators who have taken a position along with contact information for those who might be influenced by your calls on her website.
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