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Morning Action: The DREAM Act, a Backdoor Path to Amnesty

AMNESTY.  The Heritage Foundation explains that as the House debates yet another version of the DREAM Act today, conservatives have reason to be cautious because the legislation – which no one has seen yet – could contain amnesty:

Although no bill text is available — and might not be until after the August recess — a Judiciary Committee panel will hold a hearing this afternoon addressing the immigration status of an estimated 2.8 million illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Even without legislative language, conservatives know enough about previous proposals to be skeptical. Over the past decade, both Democrats and Republicans have rejected numerous bills mirroring the DREAM Act.

Heritage’s Jessica Zuckerman warned that “Any DREAM Act legislation put on the table this time around is not likely to be different from these very proposals that Congress has tried and rejected in the past.”

OBAMACARE.  Even Democrats are becoming increasingly skeptical of Obamacare, and for good reason:

The landmark health-reform law passed in 2010 has never been very popular and always highly partisan, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a group of once loyal Democrats has been steadily turning against Obamacare: Democrats who are ideologically moderate  or conservative.

Just after the law was passed in 2010, fully 74 percent of moderate and conservative Democrats supported the federal law making changes to the health-care system. But just 46 percent express support in the new poll, down 11 points in the past year. Liberal Democrats, by contrast, have continued to support the law at very high levels – 78 percent in the latest survey. Among the public at large, 42 percent support and 49 percent oppose the law, retreating from an even split at 47 percent apiece last July.

The shift among the Democratic party’s large swath in the ideological middle is driving an overall drop in party support for the legislation: Just 58 percent of Democrats now support the law, down from 68 percent last year and the lowest since the law was enacted in 2010. This broader drop mirrors tracking surveys by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation and Fox News polls, both of which found Democratic support falling earlier this year.

EPA.  The Environmental Protection Agency committed to release scientific data that is the basis for its air pollution regulations to the top senator on the Environment Committee; however, the House Science Committee chairman wants the EPA to publicize this data (sub. req’d):

Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, are also seeking a commitment from regulators to cease using the studies to justify rule-making until they have “been made accessible in a manner sufficient for independent re-analysis.”

Earlier this month, the EPA agreed to provide the scientific research in response to demands by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee. In exchange for agreeing to more transparency about its research practices, email policies and other matters, Vitter dropped support for a filibuster blocking Gina McCarthy’s confirmation as EPA administrator. The Senate voted 59-40 on July 18 to confirm McCarthy.

Those assurances to Vitter apparently did not appease Smith and Stewart, who claimed McCarthy has failed to follow through on a commitment to disclose the information that she first made to the committee in September 2011.

The House is also aiming to cut spending on President Obama’s global warming agenda (sub. req’d):

House GOP appropriators are taking aim at the Obama administration’s latest efforts to combat global warming and proposing deep funding cuts for the EPA, in a $23.4 billion fiscal 2014 Interior-Environment spending bill slated to be marked up in subcommittee Tuesday.

The bill unveiled Monday would bar the EPA and Interior Department from spending money to write and implement restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions by new and existing power plants and limits on the sulfur content of gasoline.

HUD SPENDING. The White House has threatened to veto the fiscal 2014 Transportation-HUD spending bill citing cuts to investments (sub. req’d):

The White House has issued a veto threat against the fiscal 2014 Transportation-HUD spending bill that could move to the House floor this week, saying the measure would cut too deeply into important infrastructure investments.

The $44.1 billion bill (HR 2610) would cut about 9 percent from post-sequester fiscal 2013 spending levels. That’s $9.6 billion less than the companion bill (S 1243) approved by Senate appropriators and $7.5 billion less than the White House requested.

“The bill severely undermines critical investments in economic and community development programs that drive local innovation, while also significantly reducing resources for public improvements, air traffic control infrastructure, affordable housing, as well as public services for low- to moderate-income families,” the White House said Monday in a Statement of Administration Policy. The statement said President Barack Obama’s advisers would recommend a veto.

Heritage’s Emily Goff explains that the THUD bill does not cut enough:

House appropriators recently approved the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, setting the spending level at $44.1 billion—a $4.4 billion reduction from the FY 2013 post-sequestration level.

Senate appropriators have blown through the sequestration spending caps and approved their more costly, $54 billion THUD bill. The House should hold its ground and resist giving way to that higher spending level. Lawmakers in both chambers could also adopt the following reforms which, when fully implemented, would achieve $30 billion in additional budget savings.

Goff has also explained that TIGER [Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery] grants did not boost the economy as some on the Left have suggested; rather these grants took money out of the private sector and served to take power away from the states.

CR. House Republicans have begun discussions on the fiscal 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR), which could last for a matter of weeks or months (sub. req’d):

Republican appropriators in the House are starting to discuss potential terms for a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operating after September, even as both chambers gear up for a flurry of action this week on competing spending measures.

House Republicans say they are undecided so far on whether to press a simple extension at the fiscal 2013 level of roughly $988 billion for discretionary spending programs or to a stopgap bill at the roughly $967 billion level now demanded by federal law.

GOP appropriators will not work with the $1.058 trillion level for discretionary spending sought by Senate Democrats, according to Mike Simpson, a GOP appropriator and chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.

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  4. Kill the Amnesty
    Bill

    Proponents of the Immigration/Amnesty bill
    claim there are 11 million people living here illegally, but it is probably
    more like 20 million and that is why the need to pass this bill into law. Those
    supporting the Immigration/amnesty bill are Democrat/Statists who look to the
    illegal immigrants as votes; Union Bosses who look to the illegal immigrants as
    dues paying members; Corporatists who look to the illegal immigrants as cheap
    labor; Churches who look to illegal immigrants as contributing parishioners;
    Establishment/RINO Republicans who look to be liked by illegal immigrants; and
    the illegal immigrants themselves looking for stuff.

    Instead of enforcing current immigration laws
    they say we must pass comprehensive immigration reform now! In trying to sell
    the Gang of Eight Immigration/Amnesty bill ads are being run claiming the bill
    calls for more border guards and building the fence. They also claim the
    illegal immigrants would have to pay a fine, begin to pay taxes, learn and speak
    English and to get back at the end of the line.

    Let’s look at their selling points. There is
    no need to pass this Amnesty bill to increase the border patrol, they can just
    be hired. As for the fence; that is already in the 2006 Immigration Law that
    they are not enforcing. No need to add another law when there is one already in
    place, enforce it. As for the fine, what will the fine be and what if they
    cannot pay? Will they be deported or will the fine be waived; or more likely
    subsidized? As for paying taxes; many of
    these illegals are low skilled, working low wage jobs and if you believe Jeb
    Bush are more fertile than legal white American citizens. Therefore, they will
    not be paying any income taxes. In fact, they will be getting tax credits i.e.
    money from the taxpayers, unless our tax system is changed (implement a flat
    tax or fair tax). What happens if the illegals do not learn English? Will they
    be deported then? As for illegals getting back to the end of the line, wouldn’t
    the end of the line be in their country of origin? And what happens to the ones
    who are waiting to get in legally? Will they be allowed to enter too, which
    would double the amount of people being let in?

    Those pushing this amnesty bill claim the
    illegals will not be eligible for Obamacare. Really? They might not be eligible per se to Obamacare,
    but, that does not mean they will not be treated, unless they change the law
    regarding treatment to where the medical facility can refuse treatment. What
    are the chances of that happening? And
    wasn’t that one of the reasons they gave us for giving us the abomination that
    is Obamacare. This amnesty bill, accompanied by Obamacare will only exacerbate
    the unemployment and underemployment of American citizens, because employers
    could terminate many legal Americans, replacing them with the illegals due to
    Obamacare.

    There is no reason to pass this monstrous
    “immigration/amnesty” bill, just enforce the laws already on the
    books. What must and should be done is secure the borders; enforce current immigration
    laws against the illegal’s and the people who hire them; let it be known to the
    people living here illegally that they will be deported; and then work on reforming and streamlining
    immigration policy. No one is saying they are going to be rounded up and
    deported right away or all at once. The illegal immigrants did not get here all
    at once, therefore will not leave all at once. Nevertheless, if the United
    States started to enforce immigration laws and let it be known that when caught
    the illegals would be deported many of them would self deport. You do not
    reward people for bad behavior and by allowing illegals to stay the government
    would be doing exactly that. If a law is not enforced, is it a law?

    The
    United States is a sovereign country with borders and laws. The Federal
    Government’s primary responsibility is to protect its citizens from enemies
    both foreign and domestic. Our immigration laws are being violated and not
    being enforced.
    Article IV Section 4 of the US Constitution states, “The United States shall
    guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and
    shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the
    Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened)
    against domestic Violence.” I would consider the
    11+million illegal immigrants in this country amounts to an invasion. These TRAITORS, who voted for

    this amnesty bill, are now collaborating on
    pressuring Representatives in

    the House to get the bill passed. This bill will
    destroy this country. These

    Senators take an oath to defend the Constitution.
    Their amnesty bill is in

    violation to their oath. If a law is not enforced,
    is it a law? There is no reason to

    pass this monstrous
    “immigration/amnesty” bill, just enforce the laws

    already on the books. These TRAITORS, who voted
    for

    this amnesty bill, are now collaborating on
    pressuring Representatives in

    the House to get the bill passed. This bill will
    destroy this country. These

    Senators take an oath to defend the Constitution.
    Their amnesty bill is in

    violation to their oath. If a law is not enforced,
    is it a law? There is no reason to

    pass this monstrous
    “immigration/amnesty” bill, just enforce the laws

    already on the books. These TRAITORS, who voted
    for

    this amnesty bill, are now collaborating on
    pressuring Representatives in

    the House to get the bill passed. This bill will
    destroy this country. These

    Senators take an oath to defend the Constitution.
    Their amnesty bill is in

    violation to their oath. If a law is not enforced,
    is it a law? There is no reason to

    pass this monstrous
    “immigration/amnesty” bill, just enforce the laws

    already on the books. Therefore, the 68 Senators who voted for this amnesty
    bill are TRAITORS to this country and in violation to their oath to defend the
    Constitution. This bill if made into law will destroy this country. The
    US House is the firewall to the Amnesty bill being passed. Everyone needs
    to burn up the phone lines to your US Representative to keep this amnesty bill
    from becoming law!

  5. Someone better inform the stupid Elites of the Republican Party that MILLIONS of registered Republicans are ready to quit the party and start a new one. The stupid Republicans will then win ZERO elections! Their choice…

  6. Someone better inform the stupid Elites of the Democrat Party that MILLIONS of registered Democrats are ready to quite the party and start a new one.The stupid Democrats will then win ZERO elections! Their choice…..

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