Why would the House leadership block the one bi partisan sensible piece of legislation they have? That answer I don't know, however that appears to be exactly what the House leadership is doing to the SAVE Act (Secure America through Verification and Enforcement) Here is the key element of the SAVE Act.
SAVE would eventually require every employee in America to go through the E-Verify system. This internet system provides employers with an inexpensive, quick, and accurate way to verify that employees are not illegal aliens. The rules for use are such that no employee or employer suffers if there is a mistake in the system because there is ample time to correct errors on the employee's side and on the government's side.
The SAVE Act happens to be an enforcement only bill and that is likely the source of the opposition from the House. There are several ironic twists of fate in the tale of the SAVE Act and not the least of which is that this bill is being sponsored by a Democrat. (Heath Shuler (D)NC) It had so much support from both sides that I once referred to it as the rock star bill. Everyone from Tom Tancredo to John Murtha had gotten behind the bill. Yet, in a blatant play to her open borders allies, Nancy Pelosi has decided to bury the bill and not allow it a vote in front of the full House. (which most backers believe would result in overwhelming approval)
Now, Shuler has teamed up with Congressmen Brian Bilbray (R-California) to bring what is called a "discharge petition." Under House rules, if a simple majority, 218 Members, sign this discharge petition, the SAVE Act of 2007 will be forced to the floor of the House for an up-or-down vote! Ironically enough while 181 members have signed the petition, there are 38 co sponsors of the bill that still haven't signed the petition. If they did, the petition would have enough votes to go through.
Here is all the sponsors who still haven't signed the petition.
The Hon. Jason Altmire, The Hon. Michael A. Arcuri, The Hon. Brian Baird, The Hon. Melissa L. Bean, The Hon. Marion Berry, The Hon. Sanford Bishop, The Hon. Dan Boren, The Hon. Leonard L. Boswell, The Hon. Rick Boucher, The Hon. Allen Boyd, The Hon. Shelley Moore Capito, The Hon. Steve Cohen, The Hon. Jim Cooper, The Hon. Robert E. (Bud), Cramer Jr., The Hon. Artur Davis, The Hon. Lincoln Davis, The Hon. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, The Hon. Bart Gordon, The Hon. Brian Higgins, The Hon. Baron P. Hill, The Hon. Paul W. Hodes, The Hon. Tim Holden, The Hon. Steve Kagen, The Hon. Paul E. Kanjorski, The Hon. Ron Klein, The Hon. Jim Marshall, The Hon. Jim Matheson, The Hon. Jerry McNerney, The Hon. Charlie Melancon, The Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, The Hon. John P. Murtha, The Hon. Ed Perlmutter, The Hon. Ciro D. Rodriguez, The Hon. Mike Ross, The Hon. Tim Ryan, The Hon. Joe Sestak, The Hon. Zachary T. Space, The Hon. Bart Stupak, The Hon. John S. Tanner, The Hon. Mark Udall, The Hon. Don Young, The Hon. Peter J. Visclosky
Many of these are of course Dems that are currently being strong armed by Pelosi and the rest of the apparatus. It appears the House leadership is determined to torpedo the one good piece of legislation we have all year.
Human Events has nefarious intentions for Pelosi's behavior...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a handful of her far-left cronies in Congress are plotting to put amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens back on the table!
And their first order of business is BLOCKING legislation that
would finally beef up our nation's border security and crack down on employers that hire illegal aliens.
I will leave it up to the reader to decide, however a piece of legislation with a lot of potential to put a dent in illegal immigration (Here is my criticism of the SAVE Act) will die in committee unless something happens soon.
If you want to make a difference, here is a good place to start.