Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The First Bills of the 'New Congress'

There was a leaking of the first 10 bills of the new Congress. Here they are, courtesy of the American Prospect.

We need to pay special attention to the Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009, "as it seems to be a placeholder for comprehensive immigration reform, including stronger border and employment security to crackdown on illegal immigration while "reforming and rationalizing avenues for legal immigration."

The one thing we can hope for is if this goes the way of the 110th Congress where "a quick perusal of the 110th Senate's first ten bills suggests about half of that legislation was passed by Congress (it included ethics reform, the minimum wage increase, stem cell research, the 9/11 Commission reforms and legislation to increase higher ed access) though not all of it was signed by the President."


patriot said...

Unfortunately, anything that Harry Reid is behind, I am suspect of. I would like to see the details of these bills but of course we never will until they are passed and we get the axe again.

Good job on your blog, Liquid. I hope to be an active participant.

Alie said...

If Obama is truly concerned about the economy and jobs for Americans, he can start by enforcing immigration laws and not by passing another blanket amnesty. I cannot imagine in this economic climate that anyone would have the audacity to try to pass a CIR. Those opposed to amnesty shut down the Senate switchboard when the economy was in relatively good shape; I can't imagine how many people will be opposed to amnesty now.

And I seriously question the need to raise legal immigration quotas. Don't we allow in more than a million legal immigrants per year as it is now? I do agree that we need to reform immigration to put less emphasis on "chain migration" though.