Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:49 AM
TomCADem (7,164 posts)
Obama embraces Senate immigration plan in call for reform
President Barack Obama hailed the Senate's bipartisan immigration framework at a major speech on that topic this afternoon in Nevada, but threatened to send his own alternative legislation to Capitol Hill if Congress fails to act.
The president embraced of a statement of principles offered Monday by four Democratic and four Republican senators, which would strengthen border security and employment verification in exchange for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States.
"The good news is that -- for the first time in many years -- Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together," Obama said in his speech in Las Vegas, according to prepared excerpts.
"And yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principles for comprehensive immigration reform, which are very much in line with the principles I've proposed and campaigned on for the last few years," the president also said. "At this moment, it looks like there's a genuine desire to get this done soon. And that's very encouraging."
Read more: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/29/16756940-obama-embraces-senate-immigration-plan-in-call-for-reform?lite
The interesting thing, which Rachel Maddow pointed out by comparing a speech President Obama delivered a few years ago to this one is that President Obama did not really embrace the Senate position. Instead, the Senate largely came to him. Indeed, on Rush Limbaugh's show, Rubio already seemed to be distancing himself from his own plan by saying that he would vote against it if it did not include more for border security. Really? Rubio would hold millions of residents hostage unless more money is spent on security:
But during today's on-air interview, both Republicans staked out interesting positions that were not altogether expected. Limbaugh, for example, wanted to kill the bipartisan reform plan yesterday, but today lauded Rubio's efforts as "admirable and noteworthy," and "recognizing reality." And while Rubio was all smiles yesterday, today the GOP lawmaker seemed to be hinting at an exit strategy from the reform initiative he's helped launch.
In an interview with Rush Limbaugh aired Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio said he wouldn't support a bill granting a pathway to citizenship to undocumented immigrants unless it first addressed border security.
So, literally one day after Rubio threw his support to a bipartisan, comprehensive reform package, he told a right-wing radio show he's prepared to walk away unless he gets what he wants. That doesn't exactly speak highly of Rubio's commitment to following through on a policy he claims to take seriously.
2 replies, 1119 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Obama embraces Senate immigration plan in call for reform (Original post)
Response to TomCADem (Original post)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:12 AM
elleng (52,701 posts)
1. Good history she did.
Also, good (if unfortunate) look at complexity of doing ANYTHING. Whatever is agreed to will take a LONG time to feel/see effects.
Response to TomCADem (Original post)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:02 PM
PSPS (5,069 posts)
2. NPR had a story about this yesterday which was a fiasco
First, they start out by saying that the proposed plan has "bipartisan backing." But that certainly would never do, would it? Next, they say, "but not everyone is in favor of the plan." Then they trot out some bimbo from the right-wing Heritage Foundation to explain why k it's a bad plan.
So, I guess we have private right-wing propaganda organs passing judgement or having veto power over the work of Congress. Wonderful, isn't it? Thanks, NPR, for giving a ready platform for these crank outfits.