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Baker Cosponsors Resolution to ‘Stop the Insanity of the Senate Amnesty'

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Baker Cosponsors Resolution to ‘Stop the Insanity of the Senate Amnesty'

U.S. Rep. Richard Baker, R-Baton Rouge, issued the following statement today in response to U.S. Senate passage of a procedural motion to take up controversial immigration reform legislation:

"The question I get most from folks regarding proponents of the Senate's illegal immigration amnesty bill is ‘Why in the world are they doing this, and why do they keep trying to foist this awful bill upon a clearly unreceptive American public?' For the life of me, I can't answer because I just don't understand why either. It's one thing if a legislator votes according to conscience on strongly held principle, even if the stance is unpopular, but I've yet to hear any principle expressed beyond some strange need to get a bill, any bill, passed, no matter how bad it is.

"Today's Senate vote, then, strikes me as another arrogant and unnecessary flouting of the will of the American people. Of course, there will still be two more major votes this bill needs to clear in the Senate, and I strongly hope members of that body will step back from the precipice and give thoughtful consideration to an ‘enforcement only' approach supported by the vast majority of the American people.

"Should the Senate pass this bill, I have vowed to fight for its defeat in the House. In preparation for that fight, today I have cosponsored a House resolution calling on the administration to rigorously enforce existing immigration laws, a resolution that I also hope will help stop the insanity of the Senate amnesty."

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