Monosyllabic Pedantry

Friday, May 19, 2006

Senate Votes to Screw Americans II

The Washington Times reports that the senate voted to allow illegal aliens to collect social security benefits based on past illegal employment--even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents.

My first question on this boondoggle is this:

If their link to the illegal employment is through stolen or forged documentation, then how does one know that the person claiming the benefits is the one who did the work?

In every other instance, money earned through illegal activity is forfeited. If you buy a car with your drug money, that car is taken. If you con old ladies out of their lifesavings with a ponzi scheme, you don't get to keep the money!

It's not like social security is well funded to begin with. But it's nice that our legislators have decided to bankrupt it a few years earlier.

The amendment that got defeated is S.2611

AMENDMENT PURPOSE:To reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the integrity of the Social Security system, by ensuring that persons who receive an adjustment of status under this bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of unlawful activity.

On the motion to table this Amendment (effectively killing it):

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---50

Akaka (D-HI)Baucus (D-MT)Bayh (D-IN)Biden (D-DE)Bingaman (D-NM)Boxer (D-CA)Brownback (R-KS)Cantwell (D-WA)Carper (D-DE)Chafee (R-RI)Clinton (D-NY)DeWine (R-OH)Dodd (D-CT)Dorgan (D-ND)Durbin (D-IL)Feingold (D-WI)Feinstein (D-CA) Graham (R-SC)Hagel (R-NE)Harkin (D-IA)Inouye (D-HI)Jeffords (I-VT)Johnson (D-SD)Kennedy (D-MA)Kerry (D-MA)Kohl (D-WI)Landrieu (D-LA)Lautenberg (D-NJ)Leahy (D-VT)Levin (D-MI)Lieberman (D-CT)Lincoln (D-AR)Lugar (R-IN)Martinez (R-FL) McCain (R-AZ)Menendez (D-NJ)Mikulski (D-MD)Murray (D-WA)Obama (D-IL)Pryor (D-AR)Reed (D-RI)Reid (D-NV)Salazar (D-CO)Sarbanes (D-MD)Schumer (D-NY)Specter (R-PA)Stabenow (D-MI)Stevens (R-AK)Voinovich (R-OH)Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---49

Alexander (R-TN)Allard (R-CO)Allen (R-VA)Bennett (R-UT)Bond (R-MO)Bunning (R-KY)Burns (R-MT)Burr (R-NC)Byrd (D-WV)Chambliss (R-GA)Coburn (R-OK)Cochran (R-MS)Coleman (R-MN)Collins (R-ME)Conrad (D-ND)Cornyn (R-TX)Craig (R-ID) Crapo (R-ID)Dayton (D-MN)DeMint (R-SC)Dole (R-NC)Domenici (R-NM)Ensign (R-NV)Enzi (R-WY)Frist (R-TN)Grassley (R-IA)Gregg (R-NH)Hatch (R-UT)Hutchison (R-TX)Inhofe (R-OK)Isakson (R-GA)Kyl (R-AZ)Lott (R-MS)McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK)Nelson (D-FL)Nelson (D-NE)Roberts (R-KS)Santorum (R-PA)Sessions (R-AL)Shelby (R-AL)Smith (R-OR)Snowe (R-ME)Sununu (R-NH)Talent (R-MO)Thomas (R-WY)Thune (R-SD)Vitter (R-LA)Warner (R-VA)

Not Voting - 1

Rockefeller (D-WV)


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