Benedict Arnold Gang of 14

on June 28, 2013 in Nominees

First, we had the Gang of Eight in the senate, including four republicans (Rubio, McCain, Graham and Flake), working up an immigration reform bill. The senate voted on this bill, which does not secure the boarder before offering legal status to illegals. 14 republicans voted in favor of this bill along with every democrat. You know there’s something wrong with the bill when it’s over 1,000 pages, every democrat supports it and the ICE union president is against it. We are used to liberal republicans like Collins of Maine voting with the democrats, but Marco Rubio?

In an October 24, 2010  Florida Senate debate with Charlie Crist, Rubio said “‘Earned path to citizenship’ is basically code for amnesty,” “It is unfair to the people that have legally entered this country to create an alternative pathway for individuals who entered illegally and knowingly did so.”

Fast forward to June 2013. “This amendment basically now puts into place virtually everything people have been asking me to do about immigration enforcement since I began talking about this issue,” Rubio told a convention of the American Society of News Editors. “I think we’ve run out of things we can to do to support – to improve the border.”

So the Corker/Hoeven amendment replaced the entire text of the original bill. The amendment was presented late Friday and by Monday morning they voted, including many republicans, to end debate on it. I find it hard to believe any senator, nor their staff, had time to read and comprehend all 1,000+ pages before the vote. On Thursday afternoon, the full senate approved the bill 68-32. 14 republicans voted in favor. I call these 14 republicans the “Benedict Arnold Gang of 14”.

The “Benedict Arnold Gang of 14” that have been nominated for the Benedict Arnold Award.

  • Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
  • Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
  • Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.)
  • Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
  • Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
  • Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
  • John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
  • Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
  • John McCain (R-Ariz.)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

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