Morning Action: Senate to Make Move that Would Prolong Unemployment
UI. The Senate will consider a bill that would extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits (sub. req’d):
As the Senate takes up a five-month extension of jobless benefits, CQ Roll Call’s Alan K. Ota sees a slight thaw on the issue among some House Republicans, who are exploring potential add-ons involving work incentives and spurring job creation.
A vehicle in the Senate (HR 3979) for the extension has gotten a chilly response from House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and his team, who are making clear that concessions would be needed as the price for any compromise. Despite Boehner’s doubts, supporters say they hope House Republicans will be swayed by a potential strong showing of bipartisan support in the Senate, where 10 in the GOP joined with Democrats on a procedural vote on the measure late last week, including staunch conservatives such as Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) 59%, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) 45% and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 28%.
Some House Republicans may go along with the measure if certain add-ons like work incentives are added (sub. req’d).
An extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits would help prolong unemployment for many Americans and would harm taxpayers in the process.
RYAN BUDGET. The House Budget Committee will begin marking up Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) N/A%‘s 2015 budget resolution today (sub. req’d):
The announcement tees up the nonbinding measure, a GOP framework for overhauling spending priorities over the next decade, for consideration on the House floor before the mid-April recess. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) said last week the House will vote on the plan the week of April 7.
The budget is expected to abide to the $1.014 trillion discretionary top line for fiscal 2015, as well as the domestic-defense “firewall” mandated in the budget deal (PL 113-67) the Wisconsin Republican negotiated with his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 7%, in December.
However, the resolution will likely take an even more conservative tone than even Ryan’s previous budget resolutions in order to achieve the Republican goal of balancing the budget by the end of the decade.
The Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia explains what Congress should look for in the Ryan budget and explains what it would require to be truly conservative. The budget should not raise taxes; it should reform entitlements; it should reduce discretionary spending; and should not contain budget gimmicks; and it should not sacrifice the nation’s security.
OBAMACARE. The Heritage Foundation has produced graphics for April Fools Day using statements President Obama and his administration have made about Obamacare, promising things that were not true. Check them out here.