Figure of Speech: anamnesis (an-am-NEE-sis), the reminder figure.
Two thirds of Americans support a guest worker program along with stricter border enforcement. The House of Representatives wants to send all illegal immigrants to Abu Ghraib — well, to declare them felons anyway. And the Senate wants… it doesn’t know what it wants, but it wants it badly.
In response, David Wells, a Republican golf course groundskeeper and mere voter in Plant City, Florida, executes a rhetorical Statue of Liberty play, the anamnesis ("remind"). The figure quotes an authority from memory. It’s excellent way to bring values into an argument and make people feel vaguely guilty.
Snappy Answer: "Congress wants a minor edit. Just change ‘us’ to ‘up on.’"