Friday, July 14, 2006

Senate Refuses to Fund Border Fence

The Senate, incredibly yet somehow not surprisingly, has voted against funding the 370-mile border bill it authorized in May.

There was a reasonable question raised about the funding, insofar as the money to fund the fence was going to come from cuts to border patrol agents and detention facilities, which makes no sense whatsoever.

The Senators needs to get to work cutting out some of the pork so dear to their hearts in order to fully fund the fence and the border patrol, but of course that idea would be an anathema to them.

On top of this, yesterday Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid killed an amendment which would have helped end "catch and release" of illegal immigrants. Reid used a procedural manuever to prevent a vote.

The Senate, as feared, seems to be doing a smoke and mirrors routine when it comes to border control.


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