Friday, April 07, 2006

Immigration Debate Turns Nice ... Then Nasty Again

Well I was going to write this morning about the immigration compromise that seemed to have been reached in the Senate yesterday, which I thought was a muddled and practically unworkable mess but would have at least been better than nothing at all ... and then I woke up to discover even that deal seems in jeopardy now. As Joe Gandelman reports magnificently at TMV, "it could well be that deadlock will be snatched from the jaws of compromise."

Apparently an amendment-spat is at the heart of the latest controversy: Democrats want to block votes on amendments from conservative critics of immigration reform, even though proponents of the bill say they have plenty of votes to defeat those amendments on the floor. Honestly. Just get it done. Stop the bickering, and get back to work.


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