Grassley Asks Majority Leader to Fund Troops, Not Illegal Immigrants
Senator Chuck Grassley today led several Senators in asking Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove more than 100 pages of immigration language from legislation that is necessary to fund troops fighting the War on Terrorism. Grassley sent the letter with Senators Jeff Sessions, David Vitter, Tom Coburn, Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss, James Inhofe, John Barrasso, Elizabeth Dole and Jim Bunning.
"The majority should make our troops a priority rather than giving a free pass to lawbreakers. If the majority leader wants an immigration debate, he should bring an immigration bill to the floor," Grassley said. "Instead he's putting in jeopardy the funding for our troops by including an immigration legalization program in the supplemental appropriations bill."
Here's a copy of the text of the letter to Reid.
May 20, 2008
The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
Washington D.C. 20510
Dear Majority Leader Reid:
We write to express disappointment that the Senate Appropriations Committee chose to include in the War Supplemental more than 100 pages of immigration language that would grant legal status to more than one million illegal alien agricultural workers and their families. We urge you to remove these controversial provisions from the bill so we can enact essential funding for our troops without delay. If these provisions remain in the bill, you can expect a vigorous debate on immigration policy.