Cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people

Senator Mike Lee
2013-06-19 16:58:26
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-sprinklers.jpg] * Cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people* Today I introduced an Amendment that would require congressional approval of any Department of Homeland Security border security plan required by the Gang of 8 comprehensive immigration reform bill.� The Senate voted on this amendment, and unfortunately it didn't pass.� The failure of this amendment is one more indication that those who support the Gang of 8 proposal aren't serious about securing the border, which ultimately will prevent this proposal from ever becoming law.� As one who truly wants to see reforms to our immigration system and satisfactory enforcement of our laws, it is frustrating to see a possiblity for real reform undermined by the flawed Gang of 8 proposal. Polls overwhelmingly show that Americans do not believe the border is secure currently and that they also believe that we should secure our borders first before moving on to certain other areas of immigration reform. These are failures of the federal government. The American people cannot hold unelected bureaucrats responsible. In order to ensure that the voice of the American people is heard, congress must be able to vote on the border security strategy.� To cut Congress out, cuts out the American people. �And that's exactly what the Gang of 8 proposal, without an amendment like mine, would do. �So it is important to remember that to cut out Congress cuts out the American people, and my amendment was designed to preserve the voice of the American people in the political process. [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/toweroftyranny.png] Opponents of my amendment have argued that they would be unwilling to rely on a majority of Congress to approve the border security plan as a condition for allowing the Registered Provisional Immigrant period to open and to proceed - aka "the pathway to citizenship."� But, has it ever occurred to them that it might be precisely because the majority of Americans won't approve the border security plan, or at least that they might not approve of it? Or perhaps it's not a good idea to move forward on sweeping new policies that will affect generations to come without the support of the American people?� It is, after all, the American people who have to deal with the consequences of a dangerous and unsecured border. They will have to deal with cross-border violence. They will have to deal with the heartbreaking stories of human trafficking. They will have to deal with the drugs that are imported in to their communities. They will have to deal with the economic effects and the added costs of public services associated with an ongoing unsecure border. Therefore, it is the American people who should be the ones who get to say whether or not the border is secure, not the unelected unaccountable bureaucrats who have a long track record of failing to fully implement objectives established in law.� My amendment would have restored the voice of the American people to this process because, again, cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people. Watch my floor speech where I introduce this amendment here [link 1] * Media Alert* Tonight, I will talk with Greta Van Susteren about today's "Audit the IRS" Rally in Washington, D.C.� You can watch the interview on Fox News at 8pm MT [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 2] [image = lee.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 3]
June 19, 2013

Cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people

Today I introduced an Amendment that would require congressional approval of any Department of Homeland Security border security plan required by the Gang of 8 comprehensive immigration reform bill.  The Senate voted on this amendment, and unfortunately it didn't pass.  The failure of this amendment is one more indication that those who support the Gang of 8 proposal aren't serious about securing the border, which ultimately will prevent this proposal from ever becoming law.  As one who truly wants to see reforms to our immigration system and satisfactory enforcement of our laws, it is frustrating to see a possiblity for real reform undermined by the flawed Gang of 8 proposal.

Polls overwhelmingly show that Americans do not believe the border is secure currently and that they also believe that we should secure our borders first before moving on to certain other areas of immigration reform.

These are failures of the federal government. The American people cannot hold unelected bureaucrats responsible. In order to ensure that the voice of the American people is heard, congress must be able to vote on the border security strategy. 

To cut Congress out, cuts out the American people.  And that's exactly what the Gang of 8 proposal, without an amendment like mine, would do.  So it is important to remember that to cut out Congress cuts out the American people, and my amendment was designed to preserve the voice of the American people in the political process.

Opponents of my amendment have argued that they would be unwilling to rely on a majority of Congress to approve the border security plan as a condition for allowing the Registered Provisional Immigrant period to open and to proceed - aka "the pathway to citizenship."  But, has it ever occurred to them that it might be precisely because the majority of Americans won't approve the border security plan, or at least that they might not approve of it? Or perhaps it's not a good idea to move forward on sweeping new policies that will affect generations to come without the support of the American people? 

It is, after all, the American people who have to deal with the consequences of a dangerous and unsecured border. They will have to deal with cross-border violence. They will have to deal with the heartbreaking stories of human trafficking. They will have to deal with the drugs that are imported in to their communities. They will have to deal with the economic effects and the added costs of public services associated with an ongoing unsecure border. Therefore, it is the American people who should be the ones who get to say whether or not the border is secure, not the unelected unaccountable bureaucrats who have a long track record of failing to fully implement objectives established in law. 

My amendment would have restored the voice of the American people to this process because, again, cutting out Congress means cutting out the American people.

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