The U.S. Senate left Washington in August for a 5-week recess. Maybe we’re glad they are out of town so they can’t do any more damage. I hope all concerned constituents visited or called their Senators during the August recess. When they are home is a good time to tell them what you want you want them to do and not do. The Senate passed a thousand-page amnesty bill written in secret by those who call themselves the Gang of Eight. I’ve only met one person who actually read the bill, and she is not a Senator. The amnesty bill is another case of the Nancy Pelosi procedure: that means, pass the bill and then you can find out what’s in it. The American people do not want amnesty in any shape or form, and we hope the House will refuse to go along with the Senate bill.
Another harmful bill passed by the Senate this year was the 2014 budget, which raises both taxes and spending by over $900 billion. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that, under the new budget, the national debt will increase $520 billion a year, adding up to $5 trillion over the next 10 years. The $520 billion annual deficits will be the largest in American history.
The Senate toadied to the feminists by passing the Violence Against Women Act. This law was unnecessary, since all 50 states already have laws against domestic violence. This law is really a spending bill which doles out nearly a Billion dollars a year to feminist activist groups.
The Senate gets a bad grade for failing to pass several good bills. The Senate failed to pass a bill that would prevent unborn children from being aborted after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even though the House had passed the bill, and a Washington Post-ABC News Poll found that 71% of women think abortions should be prohibited after 20 weeks.
This year’s record of what the Senate passed and didn’t pass makes us hope we can elect a new crop of Senators next year who will be more responsive to the American people.
Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.
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