Morning Action: The Immigration Debate Through the Prism of Social Security
AMNESTY. Proponents of the Senate’s amnesty bill argue that illegal immigrants who are given legal status will be able to pay into Social Security, which they see as a good means of boosting the program in light of our own demographic decline (sub. req’d):
The Senate immigration bill would waive prosecutions of undocumented immigrants who have used fraudulent Social Security numbers to get jobs, potentially allowing them to claim Social Security payments when they retire.
Tucked into the bill (S 744) is language intended to encourage undocumented workers to come forward once they receive provisional legal status. The language is a recognition that millions of people working illegally in the United States have used somebody else’s Social Security number, or made one up, in order to get a job.
However, they fail to acknowledge the costs of Social Security benefits and other entitlements to taxpayers for the 11 million illegal immigrants who would be granted legal status and eventually citizenship.
OBAMACARE. Apparently what’s good for the goose is not good enough for the gander, when it comes to President Obama’s oppressive healthcare law:
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
2014 SENATE BATTLE. Speculations about whether Republicans will win back the Senate in 2014 or whether Democrats will maintain their majority have begun:
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Open Senate seats coupled with vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election, present Republicans with opportunities to take back control of the upper chamber, if only they can avoid shooting themselves in the foot in the process.
National Democrats and Republicans will spend the next year recruiting and grooming candidates in each of those states, meaning it’s far too early to handicap the entire field. But several intriguing contenders have emerged on both sides, highlighting the chances and challenges that will drive outcomes in the 2014 midterm elections.