Morning Action: Happy Constitution Day
CONSTITUTION DAY. Today is the United States Constitution’s 226th birthday. The Constitution, written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III said that the Constitution remains “the object of reverence for nearly all Americans.”
Unfortunately, President Obama and his administration are among the exception to that rule. They have trampled on the Constitution throughout Mr. Obama’s time in office. Heritage notes:
Today, the Constitution turns 226 years old. Let’s not forget it states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
The Obama Administration has done the opposite, turning the law on its head and ignoring constitutional limitations on its power.
Read 5 ways the Administration has violated the Constitution here.
FRACKING. A new study finds the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the technique behind the nation’s recent oil and gas boom, does not contribute to so-called “global warming,” a phenomenon for which there is no conclusive scientific evidence anyway:
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science concludes that hydraulic fracturing–the controversial technique behind the nation’s recent oil and gas boom–doesn’t appear to contribute significantly to global warming, as many environmental groups have warned.
It’s great news for oil and gas companies such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, and Chevron, which have relied on breakthroughs in so-called fracking technology to cheaply unlock vast new reserves of domestic oil and natural gas that had been trapped underground in shale-rock formations.
Hydraulic fracturing involves cracking open shale rock by injecting a cocktail of sand, water, and chemicals underground. Many environmental groups fear that the process can contaminate underground water supplies–and also that it releases underground stores of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that can have 20 times more impact on global warming than carbon dioxide.
The Heritage Foundation has explained that fracking is critical for energy production, jobs, and economic growth. Moreover, Heritage has advised that unnecessary federal intervention that would stall the oil and gas boom and drive up costs should be avoided.
OBAMACARE POLL. A new Fox News poll finds that 68 percent of Americans are concerned about their health care under Obamacare:
Nearly 7 out of 10 voters are concerned about their personal health care under the Affordable Care Act and a majority wants to take the health care system back to 2009, according to the latest Fox News national poll.
The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 68 percent of voters are concerned about their health care under the new system. That includes 43 percent “very” concerned and another 25 percent “somewhat” concerned.
The number feeling concerned is more than twice that of those who are unworried (31 percent).
IMMIGRATION. The issue of immigration reform may resurface in the near future, but it is unclear that immigration reform will make it to the finish line this year. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has stated that the House will consider a number of immigration reform bills this fall:
“We know that the current legal immigration system is broken and should be fixed in a deliberate and responsible manner,” Cantor wrote. “That is why the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees have produced a number of specific bills which the House may begin considering this fall.”
Several House aides cited the memo in response to questions about the status of immigration reform in the House. A Judiciary Committee aide told National Review Online that committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) is “hopeful that the House will consider these bills sometime this fall.” Goodlatte has said that other issues such as Syria and the debt limit “should not deter us from getting to [immigration] as soon as possible.”
We warned in July that negotiations between the House and Senate would lead to an amnesty first approach:
The goal of the pro-amnesty crowd is simple—pass a bill, any bill (preferably one that includes some sort of path to citizenship) so that pro-amnesty negotiators can begin working on a compromise that resembles the Senate-passed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). That deal making could take place in a formal conference committee or, more likely, a backroom process.