White House counselor Dan Bartlett said on "Good Morning America" that the White House is considering sending 2-3 percent of the nation's 400,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border. (Note to Rutenberg: you do the math.)
In addition to the get-tough National Guard component and a plan to hold employers accountable for their hires, the President is also expected to discuss creating a temporary worker program and being "realistic" about deportation.
The President is expected to say that those who want to apply for citizenship would have to get on the end of the line; pay penalties for breaking the law by being here illegally; pay back taxes; learn English; and hold a job for several years. In other words: something that could pass the Senate but not the House -- at least not with a majority of the majority.
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) will speak on the floor around 3:30 pm about the President's immigration speech.
Earlier in the day, the President will deliver 12:00 pm ET remarks at the Annual Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the US Capitol. Two hours before President Bush honors slain police officers, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and others will call for fully funding a program that helps state and local police purchase bulletproof vests for officers. The Bush Administration has proposed a $20 million cut in the program for FY 2007.
Karl Rove delivers an 11:00 am ET policy address at the American Enterprise Institute.
Per the Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings, Mr. Rove is "expected to lay the foundation for an attack on Democrats, perhaps by reminding his audience that liberal leaders and ideas would return if Republicans lose control of either house of Congress."
The Senate reconvenes at 2:00 pm ET to begin consideration of legislation that would overhaul U.S. immigration policy (S 2611). No roll call votes are expected.
Vice President Cheney delivers 12:30 pm ET remarks at a luncheon for congressional candidate Craig Foltin in Cleveland, OH. Foltin is running for the House seat being vacated by Sherrod Brown, who is running for the Senate. The Democratic candidate is Betty Sutton.
The DCCC begins an effort today to highlight the Bush-Cheney ties to the oil and gas industry. Per the DCCC's Bill Burton, a long-time fan of the gimmicky mascot gambit: "'Slick Rich,' whose pants have deep pockets and car has a bumper sticker that reads 'I brake for Halliburton,' will trail Vice President Cheney at all of his campaign events for Republican congressional incumbents or candidates. He is the personification of a party bought and paid for by the GOP (gas, oil and petroleum interests). 'Slick Rich' begins his effort today in Ohio where Dick Cheney is campaigning for Craig Foltin."
On the same day that the President will call for using the National Guard on the border, the Vice President plans to deliver remarks at a rally for the Minnesota National Guard in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Today is the last day to sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit without paying higher premiums later on. Registration ends tonight at midnight. First Lady Laura Bush participates in a Medicare enrollment event at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attend a fundraiser for McCain's Straight Talk America PAC in Dallas, TX.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean appears on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" at 11:00 pm ET on Comedy Central.