HOW IS THE GANG OF 8 WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION GUIDELINES? ALL OF CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO VOTE, NOT JUST 8 OR 9 OR WHATEVER NUMBER THEY CHOOSE! HOW LONG WILL WE ACCEPT THIS FORM OF VOTING FROM CONGRESS?
|Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration 06/19/2013
Congress is trying to fool you.
Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 years—and they move any costly items off into the future on purpose.
They did it with Obamacare—saved the budget bombshells for later. Now they’re trying to do it with immigration.
Yesterday, the CBO released its score of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Heritage experts are still analyzing the full report, but a few things jumped out immediately. bill:
The bill will burden taxpayers with trillions of dollars in welfare and entitlement costs for the newly legalized immigrants under amnesty. Heritage’s Robert Rector explains:
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, explained how the Gang of Eight purposefully hid the true costs of the bill:
Heritage’s Derrick Morgan wrote yesterday about the CBO’s selective time period:
Sessions added, “This bill guarantees three things: amnesty, increased welfare costs, and lower wages for the U.S. workforce. It would be the biggest setback for poor and middle-class Americans of any legislation Congress has considered in decades.”
It’s easy to get the result you want when you don’t have to account for a bill’s cost. That’s exactly what the Gang of Eight is trying to get away with.
Heritage will host a public discussion of the CBO report today. Watch the event live at 2 p.m. ET: Scoring the Immigration Bill
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