Congressman John Campbell's weekly message from inside the Beltway
[John Campbell] 4/3/06
immigration: As many of you know, one of my first votes after being elected
to Congress in December was the border security bill, HR 4437.
I enthusiastically supported this sensible bill to control
our southern border and enforce our immigration laws which
will allow us later to have more enforceable forms of legal
you, no doubt, have seen the "protests" in California
and elsewhere. Frankly, I do not see how a protest by foreign
nationals who are in the country illegally and waving Mexican
flags while demanding their American rights, helps them. Some
of the signs displayed during these marches included one that
read "this is our continent not yours." Who is "they" and
who is "us." Do the protesters really think that
helps their case against the border security bill?
John Campbell (R-Irvine) is a Member of Congress representing
48th Congressional district [Orange County, California].
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similar marches were held. At one of them, California Assembly
Speaker Fabian Nunez told
a reporter that
people supporting HR 4437 were "racist." When someone
hurls that kind of insult at reasonable people, it means that
his side is bereft of any legitimate argument on the merits of
This issue is really about national security.
Will we control who and what comes in and out of this country
or not? You have
probably experienced the "full body search" which you
may be subject at an airport. Some people are advocating that
every container on every ship in every harbor be examined. But
those same people are happy to have the entire southern border
unsecured so anything and anyone can come across at will. That's
I will vigorously oppose the amnesty proposals now being proposed
in the Senate. Millions around the world long to be American
citizens. Will we turn our back on those who seek such citizenship
through legal channels and instead sell it for $2000 to those
foreigners who smuggle and break our laws to get here? Will we
give drug smugglers and terrorists an open invitation to come?
I hope not.
Budget: I am on the budget committee in Washington as I was
in Sacramento. Wednesday, we passed a budget out of committee
on a straight party line vote. The budget is not everything I
would like it to be. But it does move us in the right direction.
The budget, which now moves to the House floor,
freezes non-defense, non-homeland security "discretionary" spending
and provides for the continuation of the the 2003 tax reductions.
But since entitlement spending and interest on the debt make
up 63% of all spending, total spending grows by 3.5%. But still,
this is less than the historical average. Also, the deficit is
reduced by about $35 billion.
The Democratic proposals in committee are almost laughable.
Their members complained loudly about the horrors of the deficit.
Then they proposed 18 amendments to the budget bill. Seventeen
of those amendments increased spending. In total, the amendments
proposed to increase spending by $60 billion this year. The ranking
member commented in his opening statement that spending should
really be increased by about $300 billion. That would double
the deficit. To be fair, they did propose some revenue raising.
But each time they did, they also proposed to spend it all. How
does that help the deficit? It is as though the Democrats see
the boat is sinking, and propose as a solution that we punch
holes in the bottom of it.
The total proposed amount of federal spending for 2007 is $2.7
Trillion. Yes, that's trillion with a "T." You
would think that would be enough.
Useless Factoid: Yesterday, according to all
the newspapers here in Washington, was the "peak" day
for the cherry blossoms. I was locked in committee hearings
and can't confirm
this. If you missed it too, maybe next year. CRO