July 1st, 2007
01:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Clyburn: Bill failed "because the president failed"

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Congressman James Clyburn (D – South Carolina) put the blame on President Bush for the failed immigration. Today on CNN’s Late Edition, the Majority Whip said, “it failed because the president failed. I have been a part of those meetings with the president since back in January. In every meeting, the president made it very clear to us that immigration reform was one of his top priorities. He indicated to us that he was prepared to bring at least half of the Republicans in the Senate along and about 75 Republicans in the House. He failed. And the obstructionists won.”

Congressman Peter King (R – New York) thought the bill was not what the American people wanted: “The reason it died is because the American people spoke out. And the president did try to deliver, but he couldn't because certainly the Republicans were independent and did not want this bill. I've never seen more of a disconnect between the American people and the electoral elite and media elite than on this issue.”

- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch

Filed under: Immigration
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Dear Democrat & Republican Politicans,

    The citizens of the United States of America know that you don't give a damn about them.

    They know your only purpose is to hold onto power for those you serve, big business and international bankers.


    Time for a rEVOLution!


    July 1, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Ann Brunswick ME

    Can't you think on your own? Must you repeat idiotic slurs because other Dems say them? Dumb Driven Cattle: one goes over the cliff – the rest follow. Remember now, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    July 1, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Robert Bateman, Weaverville, CA

    Well, I'm a Dem and I don't like the bill either. A lot of Dems don't like it. A lot of Gops didn't like it either, and you know what, they're right.
    It just wasn't what we wanted, period.
    Why Bush keeps tying himself to losing efforts is baffling, but there he goes again.

    July 2, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. glen

    Well the People spoke up on this issue. I hope they will speak up louder against the North American Union and the NAFTA Super Highway.


    July 2, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Glenn Birmingham Alabama

    The bill failed becouse a few congressmen actually listened to the people who elected them. Eighty percent of the people did not want this bill. It still was close to going through.

    July 2, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. Pete, Tarpon Springs, FL

    Congressman Clyburn,

    Don’t blame “W” for the failure. The intelligent part of your inept community listened to the voice of the PEOPLE. We don’t want any part of amnesty; we demand that the current laws are enforced. We demand a secure border and we demand that our ports are secured. What part of that don’t you get?


    July 2, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  7. Amy - TN

    I was one of those Americans who spoke out...I e-mailed and called my congressmen and women more than once about my displeasure and disbelief that a bill like this might pass.

    I don't think it matters if you think yourself a democrat or a republican on this issue...what they were trying to do was JUST FLAT WRONG!!

    I couldn't agree with you more Glen, but the people have to first FIND OUT ABOUT it....

    And Pete said it all!! You're right Pete, that's EXACTLY what we all feel.

    July 2, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Ali , Tehran

    In the heading "President" not "president". please correct it.

    July 2, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. James Atlanta, GA

    Look at all of the politicians who voted for that horrendous bill point fingures and scurry under a rock. If you voted for it, stand by your convictions. It was voted down because the American people wanted it not to pass. Plain and simple. Do not point fingers. Be a leader, say it was what I believed was right, and then roll with it. Do not try to pass the buck so you can distance yourself away from the bill's failure come election time. The American people remember leadership as well as political-BS when we seen it.

    July 2, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Josh, Austin, TX

    It failed because the American People don't want it. The phone lines to the Senate crashed on both days preceding the vote. The American voice of opposition was heard. Finally, the elected officials are serving the people who elected them.

    July 2, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Delano Minden Nevada

    Congressman Clyburn for you it's simply a matter of arm twisting and counting noses to acheive unprincipled goals. This time the American Citizens won and, for the moment, our America has benefited because the country has not added additional mexican criminals and terrorist to the citizenship rolls. God Bless those who defeated the amnesty bill.

    July 3, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |