Congress

Anti-Refugee Bill Fails After Dems Offer Donald Trump Amendments

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The GOP's anti-refugee bill, which would halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees, failed in the Senate yesterday, in part, because Democrats sought to add Donald Trump-inspired amendments to the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced an amendment to ban Muslims from entering the country and Senate Republicans were none too happy about it.

Republicans ripped the attempt to link the bill to the GOP presidential candidate. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) called the effort “ridiculous” and said Democrats were trivializing the refugee issue “by bringing the circus to town on the floor of the Senate.”

"I hate to see the Democratic leader try to trivialize this very important national security debate and discussion by injecting presidential election politics right in the middle of this," Cornyn said.

"The circus," as it were, could soon be the Republican nominee. What will they say then?

They've already said what they're going to say. They've all said they will support the Republican nominee regardless of who it is. They'll even support Donald Trump.

Days like today make me regret that Harry Reid is retiring.

Just in case you're wondering: no, the image of Donald Trump on the phone with Don Lemon will never get old.

  • muselet

    Hmmm:

    Republican senators had planned to offer amendments to the bill that would give governors the ability to reject refugees and require the Obama administration to include social media in refugee background checks.

    GOP senators were also planning to try to make Democrats take politically sensitive votes.

    As it happens, all the Republican bleating about how shameful it was to inject politics into a political debate was, shall we say, less than principled. They’re just angry the Ds got there first.

    I’m not usually a big fan of this sort of stunt, but I’ll make an exception when the stunt derails a ridiculous piece of legislation like this one. Also, kudos to Harry Reid for expert-level trolling.

    –alopecia