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    Lawmakers Appropriate ZERO Dollars for Border Security

    The Big Senate Con: Lawmakers Appropriate ZERO Dollars for Border Security
    July 14, 2006 02:27 PM EST

    by Jim Kouri - When the immigration issue was at the boiling point in the spring, the US Senate voted to erect a mere 370 miles of security fencing along the US-Mexican border. However, yesterday many of the same senators voted against providing funds to build it.

    "We do a lot of talking. We do a lot of legislating," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican whose amendment to fund the fence was killed on a 71-29 vote.

    "The things we do often sound very good, but we never quite get there," he told the Washington Times.

    Sessions submitted his amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would have authorized $1.8 billion to build the security fence as promised by the lawmakers and the Bush Administration. Two months ago members of the Senate voted 83-16 to build the fence along high-traffic areas of the border with Mexico. In the same vote on May 17, the Senate also directed 500 miles of vehicle barriers to be built along the border, as well.

    But the May vote only authorized the fencing and vehicle barriers, and while the senators are on record as voting for border fencing and barriers, without the appropriations they've voted not to build the fence they've authorized.

    "If we never appropriate the money needed to construct these miles of fencing and vehicle barriers, those miles of fencing and vehicle barriers will never actually be constructed," Mr. Sessions said on the floor of the Senate just prior to the vote, which was aired on C-Span, but not by any of the broadcast or cable news shows.

    Democrats were joined 28 Republicans in opposing the Sessions amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Thomas R. Carper of Delaware were the only two Democrats who voted for funding the fence.

    The senators -- including most of the Republican leadership -- voted in May to build the fence but yesterday opposed funding it.

    The appropriations bill, which allocates over $30 billion to the Homeland Security Department -- which includes $2.2 billion for border security and control but no fencing --passed on a 100-0 vote last night.

    Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who in the past has fought to increase border security and enforcement of federal immigration laws, opposed Sen. Session's amendment.

    "We should build these walls; there's no question about it. But the real issue here is the offset that's being used, and the offset creates a Hobson's choice for almost everyone here," Greg told the Washington Post.

    Mr. Session's amendment would have required across-the-board cuts to the rest of the Homeland Security appropriations bill, Mr. Gregg said, which would mean cutting 750 new border-patrol agents and 1,200 new detention beds for illegal aliens that he included in the bill.

    "Once again we see our government officials trying to provide security-on-the-cheap. Americans should be outraged," said a Border Patrol agent, who wishes to remain anonymous.

    "Did anyone really believe these guys [senators] want to secure the border?" he said.

    Another Border Patrol agent was less diplomatic: "Our leaders are not serious about border security. A few hundred more agents is a far cry from what they promised. It's a con-job on the American people."
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    Yep and they voted to give themselves another raise.

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    I'm so mad at DC I'm besides myself. Who are these people? What planet are they on? I am going to write Senator Sessions again to show my appreciation though. Bunch of bozos who think they are above the people who voted them in, my gosh, I can't wait until elections. I'm so mad I need to get away from here for awhile and cool off.
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    Border fence

    Maybe they can get HOME DEPOT to build the fence pro bono.
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    What part of Homeland Security don't they understand?

    "Mr. Session's amendment would have required across-the-board cuts to the rest of the Homeland Security appropriations bill, Mr. Gregg said, which would mean cutting 750 new border-patrol agents and 1,200 new detention beds for illegal aliens that he included in the bill."

    We will continue to allow illegals (including terrorists) to enter our country even with 750 new border-patrol agents. When one builds a fence around their property is slows down the trespassers. It would have made it more difficult for illegals to cross the borders. NO! Instead, let's give them at least a chance to sneak across the border.

    With the war in the Middle East heating up we are going to find that more of the anti-American facists will want to take advantage of this opportunity.

    I'm confused on another issue. I thought that appropriations bills were to originate in the House and not the Senate. What was the House vote on this?

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    What we seem to have here, is a bunch of thugs masquerading, as leaders in our congress and senate. They cannot see fit to follow through with their own bill to build a fence for our border security, yet they appropriate 93 million dollars for a bunch more thugs in Palestine, a known terroist state who just this week kidnapped Isreali soldiers outright killing of some, kidnapping an innocent teenager and brutally killing him,probably starting WW3, and we are sending "compassionate" dollars to help feed them while they try to destroy Isreal and the United States! People, I want to tell you we are in deep deep bullhocky here with these leaders of our country! They could not creat more havoc and harm to our government then if they were all working outright for our enemies. We are in TERRIBLE TROUBLE HERE! I have one question for everyone here including you William, what are we going to do if we fail at the polls this November? I am not trying to be a pessimist here, we have to think past these elections and our possible failure at the polls, God forbid, that happens, but if it does, just what in the hell are we going to do then? I know William and the rest of you have thought about that possibility although we don't talk of it much on here, I would really like to know what plans we have looking beyond the election? We all know our leaders, when they aren't trying to win elections they could care less what we want for our country, its all about them, what they want then!
    Build the dam fence post haste!

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    November Headline

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    "Mr. Session's amendment would have required across-the-board cuts to the rest of the Homeland Security appropriations bill, Mr. Gregg said, which would mean cutting 750 new border-patrol agents and 1,200 new detention beds for illegal aliens that he included in the bill."
    When it comes to border security, I don't believe anything the Senate says or does. Their intentions were never to build a fence on the border, hire 750 new border-patrol agents or to add 1,200 new detention beds. It's all a bunch of lip service.

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