Senate to Vote on Allowing Immigration Bill to Increase Deficit $14 Billion, Defy PAYGO Ban

June 25, 2013 - 8:04 PM

The Senate will vote Wednesday on whether or not to waive the 201(a) point of order of Senate Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO), which prohibits consideration of any legislation that increases the on-budget deficit over either a five year or ten year period.

In a Senate speech today, Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) called attention to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that the Senate immigration bill would increase the on-budget deficit by more than $14 billion in the first ten years.

Thus, at least 60 senators must vote to ignore the fact that the immigration bill violates the Budget Act in order for it to proceed in the Senate.

The $14 billion deficit occurs just in the first 10 years. The full, long-term cost of providing legal status and full taxpayer benefits to millions of illegal aliens is likely to be many trillions of dollars, Sessions said, adding, "CBO in its report explicitly shows that the on-budget accounting is negative. That it adds to the debt."

"This is how this country is going broke," Sen. Sessions said.