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Roskam Objects To Welfare for Illegal Immigrants

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today issued the following statement in response to Democrat efforts to reward illegal immigrants with welfare benefits contained in the Agriculture Appropriations:

"Last night, Congress won a great victory for the American taxpayer by denying welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.

"However, in an unprecedented abuse of power the Democrat majority overturned this vote in clear defiance of the will of the American people. Actions to disenfranchise Members of Congress are unacceptable and undemocratic.

"The American people have spoken. Congress reaffirmed their sentiment last night only to have their vote thrown away."

Events that transpired on the House Floor Thursday, August 2nd

* Republicans offered a motion to prevent benefits being given to illegal aliens.
* When the Speaker Pro Tempore gaveled the vote closed, the motion had passed 215-213.
* This result was unacceptable to Democrat leadership, and they allowed members to change their vote to reverse the outcome after the vote was finished.
* Though the motion was successful, the record was changed to show that it failed by a vote of 212-216.

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