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Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending
Posted By Romina Boccia On April 19, 2013 @ 3:46 pm In Economics | Comments Disabled
The contentious immigration bill  (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.”
The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to spend more than allowed under the spending caps adopted in 2011. By designating spending in the immigration bill as “emergency requirements,” the bill would enable lawmakers to spend billions outside existing budget enforcement procedures.
There is no objective standard for emergency requirements , which is why the practice has been exploited many times in the past to push through additional federal spending that should rightly be part of the regular appropriations process and subject to spending caps.
But there are guidelines, which include that the emergency be sudden, unforeseen, and temporary and require immediate action. The immigration bill seems to satisfy none of these criteria.
Analysts are still working through the 844-page bill, but even after a full analysis is done, it may not be possible to accurately quantify the cost of the bill. Here is a list of some of the identified spending in the bill:
Spending in the immigration bill should be subject to the caps in the BCA. The bill as written would enable Washington to further add to our growing national debt crisis .
However, any Senator could object to the “emergency” designation of the spending provisions in the bill by raising a point of order during Senate debate. Three-fifths (60) of Senators would have to waive this point of order; otherwise the spending and revenue provisions in the bill would become subject to budget enforcement constraints. Would anyone have the courage to speak up for taxpayers?
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 contentious immigration bill: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/04/18/morning-bell-jim-demint-on-the-senates-immigration-plan/
 no objective standard for emergency requirements: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41564.pdf
 Operation Stonegarden: http://www.immigrationforum.org/images/uploads/2010/operationstonegardenfactsheet.pdf
 growing national debt crisis: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/02/how-the-united-states-high-debt-will-weaken-the-economy-and-hurt-americans
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