The fate of the immigration bill comes down to Senate Republicans' leader, Mitch McConnell, and whether he sides with President Bush and Democratic leaders or with rank-and-file members of his own party.
His choices: Accept Democrats' demands to finish the bill this week without major changes, or rally with his Republicans who say the bill is bad and getting worse, and want more time to fight the proposal...
Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has been on both sides of the immigration issue. He voted for last year's bill and has said this year's version is even better, but he also voted last week to strip out the central plank of the bargain: the legalization program for illegal aliens.
Republicans use words like "confusion" to describe their party's approach, and said that has hurt their efforts to change or defeat the bill. They also say Mr. McConnell and Mr. Bush have given up the best bargaining chip by making it clear they have to have a bill.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Washington Times: McConnell Is Once Again Being A Hypocrite On Immigration Reform
The Washington Times featured a story today on Mitch McConnell's hypocrisy over immigration reform as the debate comes to the Senate floor this week. Once again, McConnell tries to take both sides of the issue while saying one thing in Kentucky and doing another in Washington:
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