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Mike Lee slams 'appalling' and 'repugnant' Gang of 8 plan

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2013, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, during his confirmation hearing before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Utah's two Republican senators have had mixed reactions to the comprehensive immigration bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Orrin Hatch helped hammer out an agreement for agriculture workers under the bill and says he wants to support the measure but has some concerns. But Sen. Mike Lee says he can't support the bill as long as it includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. Credit: AP

In a fiery speech on the Senate floor Thursday evening, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, unloaded on SB 744, the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill. Joined by fellow Republican Jeff Sessions, Lee rebuked the bill's limited amendment process as "appalling" and "repugnant to the system of government under which we're supposed to be operating."

 

Instead of being responsible legislators, Lee went on to characterize the message from Senate leadership from both parties in this way: “be good senators, run along, and stay out of trouble; we’re taking care of this, and we’ll send you legislation as soon we’re ready.”

“Is there anything we can do to make this a real legislative body and not a rubber stamp?” he asked.

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h/t Will Allen

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