Monday, October 22, 2007

Dream Act: Reid invoked Rule 14

I understand that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has invoked Rule 14 on the new stand-alone DREAM Act amnesty! This came to me by way of Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations, Numbers USA Director of Government Relations.

Invoking Rule 14 means that Reid may be setting up Senate procedure to spring the amnesty at any time without hearings or committee action. For the Majority Leader to invoke Rule 14 means that he can bring a bill to a floor without it going through the debate and markup of a committee.

Under the rule, the amnesty bill (S. 2205) can be brought up as early as Tuesday.
The rule also allows Reid to wait until concerned senators are distracted and bring it at any time in the future at the spur of the moment.

Besides Reid, the chief culprits in this mess are Senate Assistant Majority Leader Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Hagel (R-Neb.) and Sen. Lugar (R-Ind.).

Let these four Senators know how you feel about their aggressive leadership to pass this amnesty.

Phone Senate Switchboard : 202-224-3121

You can see all the direct Capitol office phone numbers and the numbers for their offices back home at:

1. A key thing to say to your two Senators:
S. 2205, the stand-alone version of the DREAM Act, has been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under Rule 14 because the Leadership knows that if the bill is out there long enough to go through the normal committee process, Americans will have a chance to express their overwhelming opposition to it and it will fail.

2. A second point to make:
This underhanded attempt to bypass the process and shove this through before the public catches on is shameful and must not be allowed to work.

3. Tell everybody, "NO amnesty!"

Then, if you want to and have time, make a couple of specific points about the DREAM Act that you can find at NumbersUSA website