During 2020, Lee’s tactic was blocked by single objections from Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). Each time, Lee negotiated a deal with the objecting senator and returned with another Unanimous Consent motion.The Senate is akin to a club where the senators quietly offer each other informal favors to get reelected or pass legislation. That quiet cooperation ensures that Lee could not have passed his outsourcing bill without quiet approval from GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many GOP senators.
More obviously, if even one Democrat and Republican senator had objected, Lee’s bill would have failed.
For example, shortly before Lee spoke on the Senate floor, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was on the floor denouncing the Trump administration for not protecting the workplace safety of blue-collar meatpackers. Brown could have blocked Lee’s damaging bill but declined to do so.
Activists hoped that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) or Perdue would block the bill, but both were campaigning in Georgia. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also declined to block the bill.
McConnell did not stop Lee’s bill even though it threatens the GOP’s weakening position in states such as Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina where the visa worker programs have imported many Indian, Chinese, and other foreign workers. The inflow of visa workers has already helped the GOP lose control of Virginia and New Jersey.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also allowed the bill to pass even though it will deeply damage the income and professional status of the Democrats’ core group of college graduate progressives.
Lee’s bill may yet be quietly blocked by McConnell — but it can also be copied by House Democrats into the pending coronavirus spending bill. In turn, GOP senators could pretend to oppose its inclusion in the spending bill — but then sent it to the White House for Trump’s signature.
Trump may promise to veto the bill — but he too is being pressured by business groups while he considers whether or not to run for the White House in 2024.
The massive white-collar replacement bill has been quietly marketed by investors and corporations for many years as a no-fuss correction of a difficult-to-understand quirk in immigration law. In 2019, the business groups, for example,
slipped it through the House as H.R. 1044, as the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.”
This stealth strategy has muffled Hill opposition, partly because it minimizes publicity from white-collar journalists at the pro-diversity
New York Times, Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post, or the corporate ABC, NBC, and CBS TV networks.
The stealth strategy was adopted after the public rejected the high-profile Gang of Eight amnesty in 2013 and 2014 and ejected five Democratic senators in the 2014 election.
The stealth strategy is also aided by the investor-funded
push to protect the DACA migrants and is also being used to put migrants into skilled blue-collar jobs.
Lee’s bill bars the award of green cards to Chinese workers. That section will give GOP senators something to tout if the legislation is included in a coronavirus bill — even though it will likely later be stripped out by the Supreme Court.
Breitbart News has extensively covered the campaign to pass Lee’s S.386 giveaway.