Bush, who received a hero's welcome in Albania, is hoping he has enough political clout on Capitol Hill to shepherd through the immigration bill.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush says he’s confident he can still get a win on comprehensive immigration reform, he told reporters in Bulgaria Monday.
“I believe we can get it done. I will see you at the bill signing,” he said.
The President is flying back to Washington after a week-long trip in Europe. While he was away, his immigration bill went down to defeat in the Senate, with only a few Republicans voting in favor of it. With that in mind, Bush is scheduled to go to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Republican senators regarding the legislation.
The President is not waiting to return to the U.S. to begin his lobbying effort.
“Earlier in this trip I called three members of the Senate from the Republican Party, and I asked them, ‘What can we do to get this bill back up?’” he said. “’What do we need to do to work with senators like Ted Kennedy, who is strongly committed to a comprehensive bill?’ And tomorrow I will be going to the Senate to talk about a way forward on this piece of legislation. It is important that we address this issue now.”
But does the President still have the political clout? CNN combined the most recent presidential approval ratings into a “poll of polls,” and only 32 percent of those questioned approve of the way the president is handling his job.
The Senate bill in question beefs up border security and provides for an eventual pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Our tax dollars are spend so much and I do not understand why our border security is poor. Every one including President is worried about illegals getting citizenship, who never contributed any taxes but used the system especially healthcare.
The big thing that bothers me is, it took me a total of 9 years (4 Years for Permanent Residence and then wait 5 Years for filing citizenship) to get my Citizenship. I had to work hard for less money and be employed to maintain the immigration status and get permanent residence approval.
There are lots of people who are going through the process, still waiting for permanent residence approval. Just go check the backlog/processing times at USCIS.GOV.
It is really useless for someone to pay taxes, wait in queque, struggle and get approvals.
All POLITICS ! Bottom line is VOTES !!
I love the cocky attitude of this president.
On one hand he tells Congress their vote of no-confidence means little to him and that he will ignore it
On the other hand he wants these very same Congressmen to work with him on a worthless peice of legislature.
Has he not realized yet that the republicans do not control Congress anymore and that he no longer gets whatever he wants?
If Albanians greeted Bush with a Hero's Welcome it is obvious he must have provided all of them a pair of his presidential rose colored glasses.
The President must also still be in utopian mode if he foresees getting an immigration bill signed. Then what else is knew?
Why is it that this President with his loyal base of Republican colleagues in Congress are always allied with Sen. Kennedy on poorly conceived policies.
No Child Left Behind should have been enough...now Bush wants to promote another bad policy.
CLEARLY this president has lost touch with REALITY and DOES NOT CARE what the American People want and has developed a extreme case of JOHN WAYNEism. (IMHO) He has trampled every bit of whatever credibility he EVER had under foot. He is niether articulate or right ! I hope to God! that in this great country of ours we could find someone who will step forward and lead us . Someone who knows their ABCs for God's sake and can both use and pronounce big words correctly without embarrassing the USA. Someone who is NOT a CARREER POLITICION or someone's rich kid playin i get to be the leader cause i got a lot of money and know people (duh). someone with integrity, guts, and sensitivity to the WILL OF THE PEOPLE!!. someone who is niether republican nor democrat but an AMERICAN FIRST damn it! IF ONLY President Bush cared 1/2 as much about the hard working middle class AMERICANS regardless of ancestory as he did illegal immigrants....if only...
The democrats have Jimmy Carter as their worst President EVER and the Republicans now have GEORGE W BUSH. what a joke! President Bush with ALL DUE RESPECT you make me want to PUKE!!!!! and i voted for you!!! i can only imagine what others must think