No, the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven Amendment is Not That Simple

Earlier today, during debate on the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment, some Senators went to great lengths to make this complex amendment to an already complex bill seem simple.  They want us to believe all the Senators have had plenty of time to read and carefully consider the amendment.

It’s just not true.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) proclaimed, “This amendment was 119 pages long.”  In reality, when the amendment was included in the underlying bill (which itself was changed substantially), it ballooned to 1,200 pages.  What’s more, he boldly but erroneously asserted, “What this amendment does is put in a much stronger border security regime… This will significantly reduce the amount of illegal immigration we have in this nation.”

But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said:

 We have seen this play before.  It is reminiscent of Obamacare.  Yet another bill that we were told ‘we have to pass it to see what is in it.’  And unfortunately, it seems, there are some Republicans eager to go along with the Democrats in the mad rush to pass this bill.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked Sen. Cruz, “Would the gentlemen deny that of those thousand pages about 100 pages are new text.  The rest are just the old text of the existing bill?”

Nice try.  Sen. Cruz responded:

The amendments are interspersed through a very complicated bill, and analyzing where waivers have been given and what the intersection is of new provisions with old provisions is not a simple endeavor.  And indeed in this particular body – it is not unbeknownst to this body to slide something in text.  And my point is very simple.  What is the rush? … The only explanation that makes sense is, there are many senators it seems in this body, perhaps on both sides of the aisle that very much want a fig leaf.  They want something that they can claim, ‘we are supporting border security, when in fact this bill does not.

Heritage explains that the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment fails to secure the border and halt illegal immigration.

Congress should stop business as usual and actually take a close look at the bills they are considering. Far from the “breakthrough” its proponents claim it is, the Schumer–Corker–Hoeven deal is full of loopholes and false promises and would do little to solve the nation’s border security and immigration challenges.


This process has been anything but transparent.  Americans deserve better, and there is a better way.


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