This week, the House will vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J. Res. 59
), a budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Paul RyanHouse Republican Average67%
and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty MurraySenate Democrat Average0%
. The agreement would lift the discretionary spending caps to $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 trillion in 2015 and increase revenues through an assortment of tax increases (which are labeled fees) in exchange for promises of future spending reductions.
The deal represents an immediate increase in federal spending — $63 billion over the next two years. This is a significant achievement for President Obama, who believes that government spending is a panacea to America’s economic woes. As budget negotiations began, the Heritage Foundation warned:
This week, the House will vote on the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728
). Introduced by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Bill FloresHouse Republican Average85%
, the bill would help promote American jobs and energy creation by limiting the regulations from the Administration on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a process used to extract oil and natural gas. The bill prohibits the Interior Department from enforcing federal hydraulic fracturing regulations in any state that already has regulations and recognizes states’ authority to regulate this type of activity.
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom PriceHouse Republican Average90%
and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Orrin HatchSenate Republican Average60%
introduced the Employee Rights Act (H.R. 3485 / S.1712), which would protect workers from union pressure by putting power in the hands of employees and making union leaders more accountable to their members. As the Heritage Foundation notes
, if union bosses “were angels, such changes would be unnecessary” but “since they are not
” new protections are necessary.
Tonight, the House and Senate are likely to vote on a plan that would extend government funding to January 15 and the debt ceiling through February 7, and advance a formal budget conference in exchange for reaffirming Obamacare’s income verification requirements. Unfortunately, the proposed deal will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s massive new entitlements from taking root — radically changing the nature of American health care.
Despite some language addressing the Obama administration’s willful disregard for Obamacare’s income verification requirements, the proposed plan will do absolutely nothing to help Americans who are negatively impacted by Obamacare. Premiums will continue to skyrocket, cancellation notices will still arrive in the mail, employers will continue reducing hours and bureaucrats will continue reaching deeper and deeper into our health care decisions.