(by Matthew Boyle, Breitbart) — The American people have overloaded the Congressional phone lines yet again on Thursday, pressuring their members of Congress to vote against the House and Senate immigration bills.
The Capitol Hill switchboard line was busy when Breitbart News called at 11:30 a.m., in response to Speaker John Boehner’s effort to pass a supplemental funding bill that has minor policy changes—and includes a separate vote on language dealing with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that is substantially different from the original language from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
A number of aides and other sources on Capitol Hill have similarly confirmed that the lines on the hill are again overloaded.
Over on the Senate side, Democrats are trying to pass a bill that would give Obama more than $3 billion worth of new funding—a bill once thought to be easily killed, but that was allowed unexpectedly to proceed after 11 establishment Republicans voted for a procedural measure on Wednesday that let it continue to stay alive.
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Congress’s fiercest immigration hawk, has come out against both efforts and called on lawmakers in both parties and both houses of Congress to join him in fighting both bills. Sessions previously called on Americans to burn the phone lines, a call they’ve heeded throughout the week—just a few days ago, the phones reached critical mass, as well.
“We’ve sent over a quarter of a million emails to conservatives urging them to call Congress and oppose the House Republican leadership’s flawed border bill, which in our opinion would make it even easier for President Obama to declare an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens,” George Rasley, the editor of Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com, told Breitbart News.
“Congress is about to leave on vacation, but not before they try to pull a fast one on you!” Tea Party Patriots sent to its members on Thursday morning. “We still need to call and tell Congress no on the border bailout unless they include the Cruz language to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”