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Morning Action: The Administration Needlessly Killing Jobs

KEYSTONE.  The Heritage Foundation explains why the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline is bad for both the environment and jobs:

The Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama just delayed again, has received an environmental green light multiple times—from this administration.

State Department impact reports have concluded “that the pipeline, a Canada-based project to deliver up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast refineries, would pose no significant environmental risk and would not contribute substantially to carbon dioxide emissions,” says Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow.

Loris also notes that the project “has bipartisan support, the backing of several unions, and approval from former energy and interior secretaries.”

The pipeline would bring jobs and would help provide additional oil supply.

BUDGET.  Senate Republicans are reportedly unlikely to push for an alternative budget (sub. req’d):

Republican senators have little interest in introducing alternative budget resolutions, as they did in 2012 and 2011 when no Democratic majority budget was passed out of the Budget Committee or considered on the floor.

The main reason: Many in the GOP worry that mounting another budget fight would detract from their efforts to campaign on what they say are the failures of the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148PL 111-152).

“Obamacare is going to be what Republicans are running on in this year, and whether or not it’s working,” said Brian Phillips, a spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100%, who offered his own budget alternative two years ago. “The political benefits of forcing Democrats to put something out or shaming them for not putting something out are limited because it’s not really going to be the issue that motivates Republicans’ base or affects independents or Democrats in this election.”

Phillips added that GOP senators have offered a bevy of budgets, tax and entitlement overhaul plans over the past several years, “so putting out something that looks similar to that, doing all the work behind it, is probably not time well spent.”

UI.  The White House and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continue to press the House to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits (sub. req’d):

“We continue to press Congress to take action to restore those benefits,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “Extending them would be, of course, hugely impactful to the families who receive them directly, but also of great benefit to the economy, and Congress ought to take action.”

Carney said he didn’t have an update on what the White House might be willing to offer Boehner.

Before leaving for the spring recess, Boehner reiterated his demand that the White House come up with a new offer before he considers an extension.

“We continue to press Congress to take action to restore those benefits,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “Extending them would be, of course, hugely impactful to the families who receive them directly, but also of great benefit to the economy, and Congress ought to take action.”

Carney said he didn’t have an update on what the White House might be willing to offer Boehner.

Before leaving for the spring recess,Boehner reiterated his demand that the White House come up with a new offer before he considers an extension.

TAX EXTENDERS.  Conservative groups are divided on tax extenders packages (sub. req’d):

A battle is shaping up between different sides of the Republican base over a Senate proposal to extend corporate tax breaks.

The dispute over tax strategy pits two critics of the across-the-board patch — the Club for Growth and Heritage Action — against defenders such as Americans for Tax Reform. The difference is less about lower taxes, which they both want to see, than about how the so-called tax extenders fit into a strategy for a broader tax overhaul.

“Extending bad tax policy is a non-starter,” said Dan Holler, Heritage Action’s communications director. “The sooner Washington realizes business-as-usual is changing, the sooner we can turn our attention to the type of pro-growth tax reform the country so desperately needs.”

The political arm of the Heritage Foundation has aligned with the Club for Growth, the sponsor of a key-vote blitz against the draft measure.

 

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