In a move reminiscent of 2009 when the 3,000-page Affordable Care Act was rammed through Congress without affording anyone the chance to read it, on Tuesday, an estimated 1,500-page compromise immigration bill will be presented to the Senate hours prior to the sole scheduled Senate committee hearing on the bill.
“Four Democrats and four Republicans, known as the ‘Gang of Eight,’ wrapped up months of hard-fought negotiations this week and will put forth a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S,” according to ABC News.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., only set aside one hearing on the legislation despite complaints from Republicans, according to Breitbart.com.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the only witness scheduled to testify at the Wednesday, 2:30 PM hearing. Like the senators, she’ll have less than a day to review the bill.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” that hammered the proposed legislation together, has repeatedly said that he favors open, multiple hearings.
In a Saturday press release, Rubio, R-Fla., quotes “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace from an interview with Politico as follows:
The one thing that’s clear is that this isn’t going to be health care reform. It’s not going to be rushed through. It’s going to go through the committee process. There’s going to be hearings. There will be lots of amendments. And I think the only way to get buy in from some of those other 92 senators is going to be regular order, that is a very gradual slow way.
Wallace has scheduled a live interview with Rubio for Sunday.
Given that no additional hearings have been scheduled as yet, this could very well be a false prediction on Wallace’s part, and wishful thinking on Rubio’s.
Read more at Breitbart.com.
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