DownsizeDC.org
September 21, 2010
What does immigration amnesty have to do with defense spending?
By James Wilson

This week the Senate will debate a defense spending bill that will cost your family over $7,000.

The Senators ought to debate how much of this money is really needed to keep you safe, but they will instead focus on distracting and divisive issues like gays in the military and abortions in military hospitals. Even worse . . .

Majority Leader Reid shows signs of wanting to attach an unrelated immigration amnesty bill to the defense measure. This immigration bill is called the DREAM Act, and it has us DREAMing of our proposal for a One Subject at a Time Act.

DREAM's primary purpose seems good. Undocumented youths who were raised in the United States, and graduated high school, would be eligible for a 6-year path to legal citizenship that requires completion of a college degree, or two years of military service. Other provisions are more controversial, but . . .

Whether you like this bill or not, there is NO PLACE for DREAM in a Defense bill. Reid knows he doesn't have the votes to pass this as a stand-alone bill, and that's why he wants it attached to the Defense measure.

This is one reason government keeps growing at such a cancerous rate. Congress constantly inserts unwanted and unneeded legislation into "must-pass" bills. DownsizeDC.org has created The One Subject At A Time Act (OSTA) to end this practice.

OSTA would require each bill to address only one subject. If you support this idea, tell Congress!

Our letter to Congress says, "Please introduce DownsizeDC.org's "One Subject at a Time Act" (OSTA). You can find the text of the legislation here: http://www.downsizedc.org/osta-legislation."

Please also add personal comments pointing to the DREAM Act and the defense spending bill as an example of why we need OSTA. You may borrow from or copy the following sample letter . . .

Majority Leader Reid's attempt to attach the DREAM amnesty bill to the Defense bill shows why we need OSTA:

* DREAM is ten years old, but never won the votes to pass as a stand-alone bill
* Senate debate over DREAM means less time will be spent reviewing the 1000-page, bloated, $700 billion Defense bill

No responsible legislator should ever support the corrupt practice of attaching unrelated bills together. The only CONSTRUCTIVE and PRINCIPLED way to oppose tactics like Reid's is to introduce OSTA.

END LETTER

You can send your letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

I'm sure you have friends who would like One Subject At A Time Act, or oppose the DREAM amendment. Forward this to them, and retweet this message!

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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