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Kill the Bill, Part Deux: Redouble your efforts; Lott blames “talk radio,” threatens GOP dissenters; Bush speaks at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast; Kennedy and Mel Martinez laugh it up

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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 15, 2007 09:27 AM

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Military-smearing Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell released this statement about the shamnesty last night:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today:

“We met this evening with several of the Senators involved in the immigration bill negotiations. Based on that discussion, the immigration bill will return to the Senate floor after completion of the energy bill.”

Here’s more on the agreement reached yesterday–and Sen. Trent Lott whining like a nutroots-er about “talk radio:”

Under the agreement reached on Thursday, the Senate will consider about 22 amendments, half from Republicans and half from Democrats.

Earlier in the day, trying to start the bill moving again in the Senate, Mr. Bush called for an immediate burst of $4.4 billion in spending to show that the government was committed to “securing this border once and for all.”

Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, described the call for $4.4 billion as “a good start.” But Mr. Isakson said Mr. Bush needed to do more to secure the border and to show that he was serious about enforcing immigration laws.

Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”

No. You are the problem, Sen. Lott. You and your Republican colleagues more interested in sucking up to Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid than in protecting our borders and sovereignty.

Here’s Lott threatening the stalwart GOP senators who support enforcement first:

At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”

If the Republican Party had a brain, those “younger guys” would be in Senate GOP leadership positions, not the old huffers and puffers trying to sell us out.

Two quotes from Republicans who have not succumbed to Beltway fever:

Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, welcomed the president’s support for more spending on border security, but said, “There’s no reason why we should be forced to tie amnesty to it.”

…Representative Duncan Hunter of California, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, scorned such linkage.

“The idea that we will have border security only if it’s paid for by illegal immigrants is unacceptable,” Mr. Hunter said.

Indeed.

If you’d like to give Sen. Lott a clue, the amnesty hotline number again is:

1-800-417-7666.

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Hugh Hewitt
spots another talk radio-bashing quote from Lott and blogs that he will be inviting Lott on his radio show next week.

Mickey Kaus: “Wasn’t it Lott who criticized as “not helpful” Bush’s bashing of GOP opponents of the bill? I think it was.”

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President Bush spoke this morning at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast:

Left for dead a week ago, legislation to strengthen border security while bestowing legal status on millions of illegal immigrants is showing signs of life. President Bush said on Friday it’s time for Congress to act.

“Each day our nation fails to act, the problem only grows worse,” the president said at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. “I will continue to work closely with members of both parties, to get past our differences, and pass a bill I can sign this year.”

Senate leaders announced plans Thursday night to revive the White House-backed measure as early as next week, although neither Majority Leader Harry Reid nor his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, made any predictions the bill ultimately would pass.

Instead, they issued a statement that said in its entirety: “We met this evening with several of the senators involved in the immigration bill negotiations. Based on that discussion, the immigration bill will return to the Senate floor after completion” of sweeping energy legislation that has occupied the Senate this week.

There was no immediate reaction from the bill’s numerous Senate critics, who have consistently attacked the legislation as conferring amnesty on the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the country.

Bush, at the prayer breakfast, said, “We must meet our moral obligation to treat newcomers with decency and show compassion to the vulnerable and exploited, because we’re called to answer both the demands of justice and the call for mercy.

“Most Americans agree on these principles,” the president said. “And now it’s time for our elected leaders in Congress to act.”

The immigration legislation’s revival represented at least an interim victory for Bush, who returned home from Europe earlier in the week and plunged into a campaign to rescue his top domestic priority.

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The Open Borders Lobby is all smiles:

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That’s Teddy Kennedy and Republican Party chief Sen. Mel Martinez on the right. On the left is Eduardo Sotelo, the pro-amnesty Spanish radio host/illegal alien march organizer who brought a caravan of illegal alien advocates from Cailfornia to Capitol Hill.

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