Rep. Blackburn: 'Senate Amnesty Bill Is Dead on Arrival in the House'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 27, 2013 | 5:53 PM EDT

Responding to the Senate's passage of the immigration bill S.744, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) declared the bill "dead on arrival" in her chamber of Congress.

"The Senate amnesty bill is dead on arrival in the House of Representatives," Blackburn said.

Rep. Blackburn also warns against repeating the mistake of passing sweeping legislation that makes matters worse, not better:

"One of the great lessons we learned from Obamacare is that passing comprehensive reform packages creates more problems than they solve. The Senate bill is the wrong approach for America.

"I think Tennesseans want us to take up smaller bills that go through regular order and are focused on specific problems within our current immigration system. That's what we are currently doing in the House. I do not believe in amnesty and if we are going to make any changes to our system we must start by securing our borders. Any other reform effort is meaningless if we don't start with strengthening our border security."