The Senate is expected to vote on the 1200 page immigration bill on Monday afternoon. The new immigration legislation, which incorporates changes from the Corker–Hoeven amendment, was dumped on the laps of Senate staffs on Friday, leaving members and their offices 75 hours to read through all the pages.
None of the four Republicans on the “Gang of Eight” that drafted the original legislation has spoken out against the tactic. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) once promised he would not support an immigration bill that was rushed, but he has remained silent on the issue.
However, the same Gang of Eight members did complain about the same tactic that was used by Senate Democratic leadership during the Obamacare debate. Below are video clips of these members giving floor speeches or interviews commenting about the long, unread, jammed through health care bill.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ):
FLAKE: “The case for passing legislation we don’t understand is that we are correcting legislation we didn’t read. We keep hearing that we’ve got to do this because our constituents are demanding it–that they want to see these executives tarred and feathered. Now George Washington once said, “If to please the people, we do what we ourselves disprove how do we later defend our work? That’s the position we are in today.
This is a representative democracy. Our constituents may not understand that this is a bill of attainder, but we know that. We are the representatives of the people and we know that and it’s our duty to uphold the Constitution. Now I don’t like the fact that these executives got those bonuses. And we should find a way constitutionally to deal with this issue, but rushing to pass a bill we don’t understand to–to correct a bill we didn’t read is not the solution hear today. Let’s reject this proposal.”