They plan to offer the amendment as part of the small business tax credits bill being debated in the Senate. Reid preempted amendments when he brought the bill up, but Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating over how to proceed, with the Senate voting on some. It's unlikely that this amendment will see a vote.
The two senators want to prevent the lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in Phoenix, by depriving the administration of the funds to pay for it.
DeMint, from the press release: "States like Arizona shouldn't be prosecuted for protecting their citizens when the federal government fails to do so..."
Vitter: "The Obama administration should not use taxpayers' money to pay for these lawsuits that the American people overwhelmingly oppose."
Here's the text of the amendment:
Purpose: To prohibit the funding of any suit by the Departmentof Justice seeking to invalidate the Arizona immigrantregistration law.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES-111th Cong., 2d Sess.(no.)Referred to the Committee on llllllllll andordered to be printedOrdered to lie on the table and to be printedAMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mr. DeMint (for himself) and Mr. VitterViz:1 At the appropriate place, insert the following:SEC. ll 2 . No funds made available3 in any provision of law may be used to4 participate in any lawsuit that seeks to invalidate those5 provisions of the Arizona Revised Statutes amended by6 Arizona Senate Bill 1070, 49th Leg., 2nd Reg. Sess., Ch.7 113 (Az. 6 2010) (as amended by Arizona House Bill8 2162, 49th 7 Leg., 2nd Reg. Sess., Ch. 211 (Az. 2010)).
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