WATCH: How Immigration Affects Government Programs

When asked what are the prospects for immigration reform before the November 2014 elections, Derrick Morgan, the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, said Monday that “it’s pretty clear that there won’t be any kind of comprehensive bill like was passed in the Senate. That seems to be dead on arrival in the House.”

While such a bill may not pass and reach the President’s desk for a signature, lawmakers and immigration reform advocates are still discussing getting something “much smaller done.”  The prospects are dim even for that, Morgan suggested, due to a lack of trust in President Obama on immigration and on many other matters. “What Republicans are looking for in the House is a President who will enforce the laws,” Morgan said.

Beyond the politics of immigration, Morgan explained some of the economic effects of immigration on the United States, specifically with regard to government programs.  

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Coal Industry Responds to EPA’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy

The same ideology that brought us Detroit — a now bankrupt city infamous for its central planning and regulations — is now working to bring us more job-killing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that will harm the entire country.

The EPA has proposed a rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions for new fossil fuel-fired power plants.  Liberals inside and outside of the EPA are hailing this as an effort to “protect” our “communities” from “pollution.”

They don’t consider the effect the regulations would have on the economy and on jobs, and they ignore evidence that suggests the EPA’s proposed rules would have negligible impacts on climate change and the environment.  Indeed, the proposed regulation “could be the costliest EPA regulation in history.”  

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This week, the Senate will vote on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), a bill that would increase the federally mandated minimum wage to an unprecedented $10.10 per hour (from $7.25) by early 2016.

The proposed increase in the minimum wage would harm the very same workers it is intended to help by discouraging employers from hiring new, entry-level workers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicated in a February report the increase would result in the loss of 500,000 jobs.

In an already weak economy, this legislation, which is based on faulty arguments, would make it more difficult for Americans to find jobs that give them the skills necessary to climb the economic ladder.
Email your Senator using POPVOX to oppose S. 2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.

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How Obamacare Pushes Low Income Americans Off the Ladder of Upward Mobility

According to new economic analysis by the Heritage Foundation’s Drew Gonshorowski, Obamacare will effectively push many low income Americans off the bottom of the economic ladder, thereby stunting their upward mobility.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Obamacre lowers labor compensation by 1 percent annually between 2017 and 2024.  The Heritage Foundation illustrates how this will affect individuals at different income levels.

It is easy to observe that for lower incomes, Obamacare encourages people to work less, but that choice ultimately comes at a cost: further suppression of upward mobility and less economic flourishing.

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Boehner: Obamacare, Economy are Biggest Election Year Issues

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that Obamacare and the economy are the two biggest issues this election year.   Some speculate that the GOP is focused too heavily on the health care law, which is what prompted the question and his response.  Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d):

“There are two really big issues this year, it’s the economy and it’s Obamacare,” he said. “I think it’s important for Republicans to have better solutions — better solutions on Obamacare, better solutions for getting our economy moving again, and I think that’s where the focus should be.” But he didn’t commit to votes on specific legislation.

Boehner added that GOP members have introduced 126 pieces of legislation aimed at fixing or repealing Obamacare.

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