"We have a chance after the election with the kind of momentum you are creating here today . . . to do something before year's end," said LaHood, who added he favors the broader approach taken by the Senate in a bill passed earlier this year.'
"If the vote were today on a comprehensive package, it would pass because a lot of Democrats would support it. But a lot of our vulnerable members simply can't support it because their people want border security. I think after the election . . . there will be enough on both sides of the aisle to support it.
"The notion that we're going to take 12 to 14 million people and send them back to the countries from which they came is nonsense. It's not going to happen and it shouldn't happen. We should figure out a way to utilize the talents of these people in the jobs that they are doing that will give a boost to the economy of our country."
Click here for the full story. Mr. LaHood did not vote on HR 4437 in December 2005.