Friday, June 8, 2012

WATCH: Schweikert "Embrace(s) the Irony" On House Floor; Flake Votes No On DHS Appropriations Bill

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD5) took to the House Floor for a minute yesterday to "embrace the irony" of a proposed amendment dealing with the funding of so-called "sanctuary cities".

Here is the (Arizona's Politics) transcription of Schweikert's brief speech:

Thank you for yielding me some time.   This is one of those moments  where you get to stand up behind the microphone and being from Arizona, embrace the irony.  Think of this: this federal government sues my state for actually enforcing federal immigration law.  But yet – in this particular case, in is this amendment – as my friend was just pointing out, we hand money to communities that are walking away from enforcing the very law.  Does anyone see the irony of you sue us for doing it, but yet we reward municipalities for becoming a sanctuary city and not living up to their obligations.  And with that, I yield back to the gentleman.

The amendment which Rep. Schweikert spoke in favor of passed by a voice vote moments later.

Several members of Arizona's delegation proposed amendments to the Homeland Security appropriations bill, and Arizona's Politics will attempt to detail those efforts later.  The bill did eventually pass by a 234-182 party line vote.  Rep. Jeff Flake was one of only 16 Republicans to vote "nay".

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