by Linda Moore
This week, Tuesday, June, 27, it is probable that the face of the United States of America changed forever. No bombs were dropped. No wars were declared. There wasn't an attack of any kind nor was their a mass shooting of any sort. Tuesday was a rather quiet and mundane summer day. Except for the USA Senate. The senate was embroiled in debate over whether to revive the Kennedy/McCain bill drafted by a dozen or so
senators pertaining to illegal immigrants and immigration in general. The bill had died a few weeks ago. President Bush cut short a trip to twist arms on the hill. Even on Tuesday morning he was in close contact with Republican senators wheeling, dealing and twisting arms. President Bush, in a speech, called the bill "amnesty". Later in the day the White House press secretary gave a press release that said that the President had miss-spoke. The president did not miss-speak. With arms twisted to breaking in the Republican chambers of the senate the illegal immigration bill was revived. And as a result the probability of illegal immigration is going to become a moot point in America.
Here is what happened. .
Tuesday, "cloture" was voted on. What does this mean? It means that if 60 Senators voted to invoke cloture the debate over this bill would be over, and they'd be on their way to a vote. Last time, you'll recall that the bill failed at this point. Now it has passed.. Here's what has happened.
Cloture passed, this is what it means:
* No more than thirty hours of debate may occur.
* No Senator may speak for more than one hour.
* No amendments may be moved unless they were filed on the day in between the presentation of the petition and the actual cloture vote.
* All amendments must be relevant to the debate.
* Certain debates on procedure are not permissible.
* The presiding officer [read: Democrats] gains additional power in controlling debate.
* No other matters may be considered until the question upon which cloture was invoked is disposed of.