What goes good with crow, Harry?

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin:

Harry Reid and the Democrat senators went a few rounds last night and finally passed an acceptable amendment funding border security.  The vote passed 89-1, with 10 sitting it out, to give an additoinal $3 billion to border security.  Who was the lone voice against it, at least on record?  No surprise.  It was George Voinovich.

Senate Democrats and Republicans came together Thursday to devote an additional $3 billion to gaining control over the U.S.-Mexico border, putting Congress on a path to override President Bush’s promised veto of a $38 billion homeland security funding bill.

The deal resurrects a GOP plan launched Wednesday to pass some of the most popular elements of Bush’s failed immigration bill, including money for additional Border Patrol agents and fencing along the southern border.

Democrats liked the money but objected to such GOP proposals as allowing law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status and cracking down on those who overstay their visas.

So, how does the amendment summary read:

“There is hereby appropriated $3,000,000,000 to satisfy the requirements set out in section 1002(a) and, if any amount remains after satisfying such requirements, to achieve and maintain operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States, for employment eligibility verification improvements, for increased removal and detention of visa overstays, criminal aliens, aliens who have illegally reentered the United States, and for reimbursement of State and local section 287(g) expenses. These amounts are designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 204 of S. Con. Res. 21 (110th Congress).”

What will Bush do?

The measure is opposed by the White House, top Republicans said, and it clearly puts the president in a box. Bush had already promised a veto of the underlying homeland security bill for spending $2.3 billion more than he requested.

Now, Bush’s GOP stalwarts in Congress such as Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., are poised to override the president’s veto. 

Cornyn predicted the bill would “pass by a veto-proof margin” and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters the bill might get 90 votes in the 100-member Senate.

He shouldn’t even waste his time.  89-1, with 10 abstaining – that should be a “veto-proof margin”.  Wouldn’t you think?

Well, it’s about time!  Score one or the home team. 

Others posting on this this topic:

Hot Air, Conservative Outpost, Right VoicesTMQ2, Bill’s Bites


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