IMMIGRATION: Statement of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Budget Point of Order to the Immigration Reform Bill

Posted on May 24, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement today after voting to waive a budget point of order that was raised against the immigration reform bill because of its potential cost: “I do not think a matter as important as the future of our United States immigration policy ought to be finally decided on a budget point of order that, although legitimate, is a close call. A big part of the cost of this immigration bill is securing our border. That’s expensive, but it’s worth doing right.” The motion to waive the budget point of order passed the Senate by a vote of 67-31.