House Majority Illegally
Changes Vote in Favor of Illegals
Ted Poe (TX-02
ILLEGAL VOTE BENEFITS ILLEGALS
Washington, Aug 3 - 2007
Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement in
response to the majority’s violation of House rules last night on a vote
that would have prevented illegal immigrants from collecting federal
“Last night was reminiscent of the 1972 Olympics when officials cheated the
United States out of a victory over the Soviet Union. In the same sore loser
fashion, the Democrat leadership cheated Americans out of a victory last
night when they ran roughshod over the US House of Representatives. Just as
Olympic officials did in Munich to help the losing Soviets, the House
leadership put three seconds back on the clock to get the outcome they
wanted – federal benefits for illegals.
“This was not about toting the party line and that was clearly reflective of
the bipartisan support in the original vote tally. Unfortunately, some
Members of Congress are determined to undermine our immigration laws and
deliberately violated House rules with an illegal vote to do so.
“The American people will not and have not ever stood for this kind of
behavior. Team USA to this day has refused to accept the outcome of their
trumped up defeat and the silver medals remain unclaimed in Switzerland.
Once again, Americans were not defeated, they were cheated.”
During consideration of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, the Republicans
offered a motion to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining federal
housing benefits. The final vote tally was 215-213 when the vote was gaveled
to a close. The Speaker reopened the vote to ensure that the motion was then
defeated by a vote of 212-216. In clear violation of House rules, the
Republicans walked out of the House in protest.