Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Major Victory! AgJOBS Amnesty Defeated!!

We scored a MAJOR victory yesterday afternoon!

Your countless phone calls, faxes, and emails made a HUGE impact on the Senate and they rejected Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) AgJOBS amnesty amendment! The AgJOBS amendment did not get the 60 votes needed for cloture and was rejected by a vote of 53 yeas-45 nays. As you know, this amendment to the emergency war supplemental bill would have provided amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens engaged in farm work, and their spouses and children. It also would have vastly expanded the current H-2A agricultural guestworker program.

The Senate also rejected an agricultural guestworker amendment introduced by Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) offered as an alternative to the Craig AgJOBS amendment. The Chambliss/Kyl amendment, which also would have expanded the H-2A agricultural guestworker program but would not have provided current illegal aliens with a path to citizenship, was rejected by a vote of 21yeas -77 nays.

As we send out this good news the Senate is considering Sen. Barbara Mikulski's (D-MD) amendment to increase the number of H-2B seasonal guestworkers allowed to work in the U.S. each year. The vote on that amendment is expected late this afternoon to early this evening. Check the Stein Report on our web site later today for the outcome on that vote. If the vote comes too late for posting on the Stein Report we will update you further on the Mikulski amendment tomorrow. We will also provide you with vote tallies of today's votes on the Craig and Chambliss amendments once they are available so you can see how your senators voted.

For now, pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done!!

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