- Apr 15, 2007
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/07/gop-senators-try-to-de-fund-justice-departments-lawsuit-against-arizona/59754/It's an unlikely route, given that Harry Reid essentially controls the amendment process, but they're giving it a try: Republican Sens. Jim DeMint and David Vitter are preparing to introduce an amendment that would prevent the Department of Justice from suing Arizona over its new immigration law.
They plan to offer the amendment as part of the small business tax credits bill being debated in the Senate. Reid preempted amendments when he brought the bill up, but Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating over how to proceed, with the Senate voting on some. It's unlikely that this amendment will see a vote.
The two senators want to prevent the lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Phoenix, by depriving the administration of the funds to pay for it.
DeMint, from the press release: "States like Arizona shouldn't be prosecuted for protecting their citizens when the federal government fails to do so..."
Vitter: "The Obama administration should not use taxpayers' money to pay for these lawsuits that the American people overwhelmingly oppose."
Considering the fact that the vast majority of Americans support this Arizona law this should be interesting.
On a side note, I wonder when the Obama justice department will sue states/cities that have "sanctuary" policies that are immigrations related