Wednesday, May 30, 2007

GOP plots blue-slip attack

TheHill reported House conservatives are ready to stop the Senate immigration bill in its tracks with a potent procedural weapon should the contentious measure win passage in the upper chamber. The trump card conservatives may hold is a constitutional rule that revenue-related bills must originate in the House. The Senate immigration measure requires that illegal immigrants pay back taxes before becoming citizens, opening the door to a House protest, dubbed a “blue slip” for the color of its paper.
I dpn't like this bill, but this is not way to kill it. It would be too easy for them Dems to just use this as an excuse to drop the provision. I would rather replace it with a requirement that they show they have repaid ALL back taxes.

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