Floor Updates

Reid

Opening Remarks

Jun 25 2012

02:15 PM

  • Today --
    • The Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1940, the Flood Insurance bill, post-cloture. By UC, the Motion to Proceed to S. 1940, will be Agreed to no later than 5:30 PM.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will conduct a ROLL CALL VOTE on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House amendment to S. 3187, the FDA Reauthorization bill. The amendment tree has been filled.
  • Tuesday, June 26th --
    • At 11:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for up to 30 minutes of debate, equally divided, on Executive Calendar #652, Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
    • At 12:00 PM, the Senate will conduct a ROLL CALL VOTE on the nomination.
    • At 12:30 PM, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus lunches.

Senator Reid: (2:03 PM)
  • Spoke on the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law.
    • SUMMARY "Today the Supreme Court correctly struck down the vast majority of the mean-spirited Arizona law. That's of course the immigration law. While I agree with the court's provision to eliminate three troubling provisions of Arizona's flawed law, there were actually four provisions before they were held unconstitutional. One was held. I am concerned about the section they upheld that I'm surprised they did, but they did. They just upheld a measure to hold pay from checks if they success expect. Keep its papers place and system of immigration checks by racial profiling. It gives Arizona officials free rein - anyone they suspect of being in Arizona without documentation. As long as this provision remains, innocent American citizens are in danger of being detained by frills they carry immigration papers with them at all times. It is reassuring that the court left the door open. I just say to you and anyone within the sound of my voice, someone with my skin color or yours, I don't think you're going to be carrying your immigration papers with you every place you go. But if you're in Arizona and you speak with a little bit of an accent our your skin color is brown, you better have your papers with you. That's unfortunate. It's reassuring that the court, though, left the door hope to further court challenges of this very unsound provision. I'm optimistic that once that portion of the law is implemented, it will be discarded. Laws that legalize discrimination are not compatible with laws and traditions of equal rights. So it is disturbing that Mitt Romney that is called the unconstitutional Arizona law a model for immigration reform. Anyone who thinks such an unconstitutional law should serve as a model, their national reform is clearly outside the mainstream and the United States Supreme Court agreed with that today. Today's partial victory affirms the Obama administration was right to challenge this law. And it is a reminder that the fix rests with Congress. Instead of allowing 50 states to have 50 different enforcement mechanisms, we need a national solution that continues to secure the border, punishes unscrupulous employers who exploit immigrants and undercut American wages, and requires 11 million people who are undocumented register with the government, pay fines and taxes, learn English, work, pay taxes, stay out of trouble and about to the end of the line to legalize their status. Democrats are ready for that challenge and we have been willing to craft a commonsense legal solution to this for a long time, one that's fair, tough, and practical. As I've indicated we have been ready do this for years. We have tried on a few occasions. The problem now and has been Republicans won't vote for immigration reform. Simple as that. We've tried. The first step would be to pass the DREAM Act, which would create a pathway to citizen Hispanic for children brought to the country through no fault of their own. If upstanding young people stay oust trouble and work hard in high school, they should have the chance to serve their country in the military go to college and work toward citizenship. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney said he would veto that. That's the DREAM Act. President Obama took decisive action. His directive will protect 800,000 young people and focus law enforcement resources where they belong - on deporting criminals. As we all know, it is not a permanent solution. But President Obama's decision was necessary, precisely because Republicans have so far refused to work with democrats on a solution. Congress must consider a long-term resolution to protect the dreamers and tackle complex immigration reform that addresses all 11 million undocumented people living in this country. But that will take cooperation from our Republican colleagues, and that hasn't been forthcoming."