“I note that in his response to today’s Supreme Court ruling, President Obama called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I also note that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill I helped draft in 2007 was killed — in part — by then-Senator Obama,” Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), a Republican leadership member, said in a statement.TPM's Sahil Kapur notes that Kyl may hem and haw about the absence of a guest worker provision that he supported, but here's the bottom line:
The problem: Obama voted in favor of Bush’s 2007 immigration legislation, while Kyl joined the filibuster that quashed it.
The motion to advance the bill in June 2007 went down 45-50, falling short of the 60 votes needed to break the filibuster. Thirty-eight Democrats and 6 Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), voted in favor, while 38 Republicans, including Kyl, and 11 Democrats blocked it.So in Jon Kyl's view, the proof that he was for it is that he voted against it ... and the proof that Obama was against it is that he voted for it. Just like it's raining out because the sky is blue, and just like Jon Kyl is a great senator because he's the Senate's second-ranking Republican.
And no, that's not intended to be a factual statement.