The Senate seems to be at odds with the House, regarding the recently-passed Senate Immigration Reform Bill. Fourteen Senate Republicans joined all the Democrats and the two Independents in voting for it. But. it looks like the Grease of Money was needed to get the Bi-Partisan Support.
Remember that both Houses of Congress have agreed to eliminate Ear Marks–those little buggers of mostly unnecessary projects that benefit just one Congressional District or State. The linked article, from the Washington Post, provides some background, http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/immigration-deal-would-boost-defense-manufacturers/2013/07/01/d1c115e4-df63-11e2-b2d4-ea6d8f477a01_story.html.
The Senate version of the Bill included more than 300 Amendments. Since the Bill took almost nine months for the “Gang of Eight” to work-out, why couldn’t these Amendments have been included in the actual Body of the Bill? Oh, but this is Congress!
Some $38 Billion was added to the Bill, for Boarder Security, in order to attract Republican Support. That expense is spelled-out in the above-linked article. Were these additional expense–for helicopters, gunships, drones, doubling the Boarder Agent Force and extending the fenced area along the Arizonan boarder really required? Or was it added so the GOP could save face?
What is mind-boggling is that Homeland Security cancelled the troubled Billion-Dollar Virtual Fence, in January of 2010. The High-Tech “Virtual Fence”, and other components, were cancelled because it had faced setbacks, missed deadlines and incurred cost overruns. So, three and a half years later, we are throwing a whole lot more money at this legislative boondoggle. See the linked article, in the Washington Post, is as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011406893_pf.html. Are Defense and Security Contractors located in the states of some of the Senators who voted for the Bill?
Some years ago, Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) was rumored to have once said: “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money?” Although that quote has never been confirmed, it certainly does go along with how the the Moderate Senator worked in Congress. But, that’s still the eway Congress throws OUR money around. But, back in the 1960s, both parties seemed to be on the same side.