Senate does a 180, votes 94-3 to fund border fence

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  1. Little-Acorn
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    The bad news is, the Senate is a hollow shell of its formers self, responding willy-nilly to public pressure instead of voting according to the interests of each Senator's state and state government as per their original design.

    The good news is, this time public pressure got it right.

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    http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060803-121451-9430r.htm

    Senate votes to fund the fence

    By Stephen Dinan and Brian DeBose
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    August 3, 2006

    The Senate did an abrupt about-face yesterday, voting overwhelmingly to begin paying for 370 miles of fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, just three weeks after voting against the same spending.

    The amendment's sponsor said senators were so embarrassed by that July 13 vote that most felt they had to reverse course and vote for it this time -- especially after so many were on record in May voting to build the fence in the first place. The amendment, which provides nearly $2 billion for the project, passed 94-3, with 66 senators switching from "no" to "yes" votes since last month.

    "I think people wanted to get right," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican. "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."

    The fence has become one of the flash points as Congress and President Bush try to craft a new immigration enforcement policy this year piece by piece.


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    This happens whenever the public gives a damn and keeps on the pressure. That is what makes the system work. Apathy opens the door to special interests and their $$$.
     
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    who do you think are the constituents in the states if its not the public? The Senators are supposed to do what the public of their state want. Why wouldnt they be swayed? Im confused how being swayed by the public is bad, but being swayed by the state interests is good when the public is the state.
     

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