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Speaking Spanish On The Senate Floor To Urge ‘Commonsense’ Immigration Reform

June 11, 2013 by  

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) spoke Tuesday for nearly 15 minutes on the Senate floor in Spanish, applauding the Gang of Eight bipartisan coalition that’s pushing for a sweeping set of immigration reforms and supporting the start of the debate process that could see an immigration reform bill move out of the Senate.

Kaine planned the stunt, for which fellow Democratic Virginia Senator Mark Warner called him a “show-off.” In the hours before he took the Senate floor, Kaine had been promoting his speech with bilingual tweets calling for “commonsense” reform to fix “our broken immigration system.”

“Thought it was important to spend a few mins explaining bill in Spanish — a language spoken by almost 40M in US w/a lot at stake in outcome” he tweeted.

The Senate went ahead and voted 82-15 to begin debate on the controversial 1,000-page bill, which President Barack Obama is urging Congress to approve without playing “procedural games.”

The United States has no “official” language, and there’s likewise no official language provision requiring government officials to speak English. The rules of procedure do require that a Senator receive unanimous consent of the full Senate before speaking in another language from the floor, as Kaine himself did.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • jim Wright

    That was not appropriate. We speak ENGLISH in this country. If the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS he is so worried about want to continue to avoid soaking our language they need to go back where they came from. We do not need to cater to them. They were not asked to come here.

    • Don miller

      Right on Jim I toatlly agree with you and the others I always thought our language was English to be was just trying to secure about 30 million votes come election time cause to me that was a definate smack in the face you don’t want to speak our language you detest our traditions you hate our culture you burn our flag well like the lady and gentleman said go back home oh no that’s right one thing they all love about this country is all our programs and free money that the American citizen who has worked their life away for fought their battles for them and when one of we the people need help you get nothing but excuses as to why we don’t qualify yep nothing but traitors and haters sum seriously wrong with that picture I personally fought for this country and I worked hard very hard most of my life I got layed off in 2009 and to date haven’t been able to find works and yes I look I’ve looked everywhere I probably have 20,000 resumes out there and nothing plenty of interviews but no job I think it’s related to the immigration bill but any way my wife and were almost starving so I went to see of I could get emergency food stamps just for aont or two not for life like sum just something to hold us over till one of us made enough money to buy some and they told me my vehicles were to new my truck is13 years old and my wife’s vehicle was 14 years old and I couldn’t qualify for any assistance at all they told me why didn’t I sell one of my vehicle if I was so Hungary how would the one of us without a vehicle get to work then we live to far out for public transportation I payed into these programs my whole life and when I’m down and out they won’t help could you refund 40 years of paying into these programs of course they said no this is certainly not the America I used to know and love this great nation yea used to be now were just a walking mat for whoever wants to change into something that in about 5to10 years none of will recognize it he’ll leave it up this government and they’ll probably change the name to something more politically correct like Washingtonville or maybe goverado or how about Camelot and its great king obuma and all his loyal servants how come 95 percent of all obamas appointees are black but we are the ones that are prediiduce looks like our president is not only anti constitution but he don’t like whitey either well I’m sure mr president we the people could round up enough money for a one way ticket back to where you came from where ever that is oh yea I forgot HELL

  • http://yahoo THOMAS G. WALTERS

    This is totally stupid political crap this Country has always been a English speaking Nation.Now these turds want every AMERICAN to speak a forien language. This is not only stupid, but also again these traders of the AMERICAN PEOPLE are showing just their utter contempt for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    WE need these persons gone!

  • Rex Henderson

    Im suprised he didnt speak freakin arabic. Freakin muzzie lovin liberals!

  • Frank Loncz

    The Senator is no better than the illegals I’m appalled on what he did.I had the understanding that the English language was to be used.He is a total idiot and so are the Senators that approved of it.

  • Don miller

    Come election time that senator would be looking for another job not all of us Americans speak Spanish was he trying to hide something maybe and the last time I checked English is the American language or did our government change that to without our consent or knowledge why do we the people allow these politicians pass stuff bills and laws without our consent or most times we don’t have a clue what these bills and laws contain they’ve practically turned every citizen in this country into an outlaw oh except for the wealthy of course without our knowledge or consent remember they work for us of the other way around looks like its time to remind them of that every last lying cheating one of them my grandmother used to tell me if a politicians mouth was open he was lying now I know what she meant seems like the decent ones in washington you can count on one maybe two hands these people stay way to long in these positions and do nothing more for the people that put them there than go along with the ones trying to ruin this country our government is already divided and have been for some time now you know what they say united we stand divided we fall lets not let that happen to we the people let them be the ones to fall and we the people will stand united and pick up the pieces and start from scratch and be assured not to let it get like this again if not our children and grandchildren are going to have this kind of crap to put up with for another 200 years come on people we got one more really good fight left in us before we turn this country over to our kids and grandchildren

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