Michelle Malkin notes that both Georgia Senators Chambliss and Isakson have stated that they will vote NO on cloture for the Shamnesty Bill. Thank you, Senators, for listening to your constituents and coming to the decision that is best for Georgia and America. As we noted yesterday, the Georgia Senators were also being pressured by the Chicken Lobby to support this hideous piece of legislation with the shop-worn scare tactics of “we won’t have enough employees to stay in business.” (See this report on why that is a lie.)
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) had these comments on Senators Chambliss and Isakson and the citizens of Georgia who made their voices heard:
While politicians from both parties continue to defy the will of the people and press ahead with a massive illegal alien amnesty bill, Georgia’s two senators have decided to listen to the people they represent and have announced their intent to oppose a cloture motion that would allow the measure to come to the floor. Acknowledging that the legislation now before the Senate would not achieve the sort of improvements in immigration enforcement that Georgians and the rest of the nation demand, Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson have withdrawn their support for the bill.
“We commend Senators Chambliss and Isakson for their willingness to listen to the concerns of ordinary Americans,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “In today’s political atmosphere in Washington, where special interests drive the political agenda, the concerns of the people are often drowned out. It is reassuring to know that there are still members of Congress who remember who they are supposed to be representing.”
“The people of Georgia deserve a great deal of credit for exercising their responsibilities as citizens and letting their elected representatives know how they felt about a crucial piece of legislation,” Stein said. “Senators Chambliss and Isakson deserve credit for recognizing that this is a fundamentally flawed bill that does not serve the interests of Georgians or the nation and does not deserve their support.
“The senators are right that our immigration system needs to be fixed and we stand ready to work with them to enact real reforms that place the interests of the American people first,” Stein continued. “By a wide majority, Georgians, and Americans generally, agree that enforcing our immigration laws should not require us to make bargains with the people who have broken our laws. We hope that other members of Congress will also heed the voices of the people back home and defeat this destructive piece of legislation.”
John Hawkins at Right Wing News had this question to his insider connection in D.C.:
PS #2: I asked him about Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announcing that they will vote against cloture. My source’s take was that it wasn’t a bill killer, but that it was significant since both of them were prominent early supporters of the bill. He added that he thought their switch was indicative of the pressure Republicans are feeling at the grass roots level and he said that he thought Isakson and Chambliss deserved credit for paying attention to it while a lot of pro-amnesty supporters have tuned it out or even shut off their answering machines because they’re tired of hearing their constituents complain about this issue.
Read John’s analysis of where the bill stands now and the prospects for it’s defeat.
Again, thank you Senators for opposing this monstrous, impossibly-flawed, Bush-Kennedy Amnesty bill.