Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

08/03/2006 (11:12 am)

Pressure Works

Public pressure works.

Last week I reported that the Senate had defeated an amendment to the Homeland Security Act that would have funded 370 miles fence and 500 miles of vehicle barriers along our southern border.

This week I get to report that they’ve done an about-face, largely because of the reaction of constituents like us. In a 94-3 vote, in which no fewer than 66 Senators reversed their previous position, the Senate approved an amendment to the Homeland Security Act  that provides almost $2 billion in funding for the fence and vehicle barriers.

Said Sen Jeff Sessions (R, Alabama), the author of the amendment,

“People heard from their constituents after they voted to authorize the fence in May and then voted against funding it a couple of weeks ago.”

No kidding.

The new amendment provides funding from a “contingency fund” previously established by the Senate. The original amendment would have diverted funds from other measures within the Homeland Security Act, which was the reason given by several Senators for voting against the measure in the first place.

So, we can congratulate the Senate for fixing an important piece of legislation — and congratulate ourselves for making them fix it so quickly. Well done, fellow citizens.

Brief comment  on the matter at PowerLineBlog.

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