When 66 Senators Change Their Vote, It Tells You A Little Something

“The Senate did an abrupt about-face yesterday, voting overwhelmingly to begin paying for 370 miles of fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, just three weeks after voting against the same spending.

The amendment’s sponsor said senators were so embarrassed by that July 13 vote that most felt they had to reverse course and vote for it this time — especially after so many were on record in May voting to build the fence in the first place. The amendment, which provides nearly $2 billion for the project, passed 94-3, with 66 senators switching from “no” to “yes” votes since last month.

“I think people wanted to get right,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican. “People heard from their constituents after they voted to authorize the fence in May and then voted against funding it a couple of weeks ago.”

Over a 3 week period, 66 Senators changed their vote? That tells you everything you need to know about which side has the momentum on illegal immigration and here’s a newsflash: It isn’t the open borders/amnesty crowd.

You look at which members of Congress are standing tall on the illegal immigration issue and talking openly and proudly about which way they voted to their constituents and again, newsflash: It isn’t the open borders/amnesty crowd.

There’s a simple message the people are sending here: the House approach is right and the Senate approach is wrong. That’s something every Republican in the House should remember when they sit down with the Senate later this month to try to hammer out a compromise. If something gets done, it better be because the Senate came 90% of the way towards the House, not vice-versa. If that isn’t the case, if the Senate wins out, it will probably cost the GOP the House and the Senate, no matter what else happens and that’s no exaggeration.

Hat tip to Powerline for the story.

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