The Senate is going to vote today on the Hoeven/Corker amendment to the Gang of 8 immigration bill. Did you know that it also includes stimulus money to make the socialist Bernie Sanders happy?
So how to make him happy, or at least less unhappy, with the legislation? Allow him to put in a few features of his own. A press release from Sanders’ office put it this way: “Sanders had argued that helping unemployed American young people was the least Congress should do in a bill that allows college students from around the world to take jobs that young Americans would otherwise perform.”
According to Sanders, each state would receive a minimum of $7.5 million to run a summer jobs program for young people in 2014 and 2015. States with high youth unemployment would receive a lot more. Many of the bill’s provisions are based on President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which Congress never passed. Sanders claims it would be paid for by “imposing a temporary $10 fee on employers who hire guest workers and international workers who receive green cards.”
Sanders’ amendment is entirely consistent with positions he has taken over many years. The only odd thing is that his proposal would be included in an amendment offered by two Republicans, John Hoeven and Bob Corker. Do they endorse Sanders’ policy positions? (Read More)
Having that language in the bill is an admission that it will be an economic disaster, but these Republicans will go along with it so they can claim some sort of phyrric victory. And that’s not all that’s wrong with this bill. Heritage put out a handy little infographic showing the ten worst things about it. (Click here for a detailed explanation.)
It’s time to get on the phone and call your senators. The number for the main switchboard at the Senate is (202) 224-3121.
Update: Linked by Big Pulpit – thanks!