Two topics took center stage in a U.S. Senator’s conference call with reporters Thursday. Click to hear Senator Roy Blunt speak about the historic Immigration Bill and Obama’s proposed energy policies.
The Senate passed the white-house backed immigration bill Thursday. Blunt said this is not a final solution to the problem.
“I guess people have different opinions about whether this advances the cause of getting this done or not. I don’t think it does.” He added, “More importantly, I think this bill will not do the job that needs to be done. The estimates of the Congressional Budget Office are that if the bill passes, 7.5 million people will come into the country illegally over the next decade, and if it does not pass 10 million people will enter the country illegally.”
The bill will provide a 13-year pathway to U.S. citizenship for immigrants. It will also double the number of federal agents on the U.S.-Mexico border to 40,000. The bill is now set to go to the house.
Senator Blunt moved on to speak about Obama’s recently proposed energy policies. Blunt said the new guidelines will be devastating to Missouri.
“82% of our electricity comes from coal. We are the 6th most coal dependent state in the country and we have some of the best utility rates.” He added, “The broad geographic center of the country, about 70% of the landmass, is at least 50% dependent on coal.”
The proposed cap on coal emissions was announced by President Obama Tuesday during a speech at Georgetown University. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to begin enforcing the new regulations by June of next year.