Morning Action: Disobey the Hastert Rule, We Pick Up the Tab

GUNS.  Today at 11 am, the gun legislation a handful of Senators have been working on will be revealed, but in Washington, getting things done does not equal making things better:

Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hope to announce a deal Wednesday and are just working out legislative language, an aide close to the negotiations said Tuesday night. The two lawmakers scheduled a press conference for Wednesday morning, according to advisories issued by both offices.

The deal under discussion would expand background checks for people buying guns from unlicensed dealers in commercial sales online and at gun shows, according to the aide. Currently, only federally licensed dealers must conduct background checks and keep paper records of the sales. The lawmakers agreed to exempt sales to immediate family members and some hunters from the new requirements.

Mr. Schumer and Sen. Mark Kirk (R. , Ill.) also participated in the negotiations.

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Cloakroom: They’re Back

House Cloakroom: April 8 – April 12

Analysis: The House reconvenes Tuesday and members will consider a series of suspension bills. House Republicans will also begin moving a debt prioritization bill, similar to the Full Faith and Credit Act pushed by conservatives in 2011.

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Morning Action: Jim DeMint Takes the Helm at Heritage

JIM DEMINT. Today is Jim DeMint’s first day as President of the Heritage Foundation.  In Heritage’s Morning Bell, President DeMint first thanked Ed Feulner for building up this great institution over the past 36 years; he promised that our principles will not change and that Heritage will continue to develop innovative policies for the 21st century; and he demonstrated the devastating effects liberal policies have had across the country.  Then he laid out why Heritage’s mission is more important today than ever before:

Today, more people than ever before—69.5 million Americans, from college students to retirees to welfare beneficiaries—depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance once considered to be the responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, churches, and other civil society institutions. The United States must reverse the direction of these trends or face economic and social collapse.

Like Ed Feulner, he concluded with an optimistic note:

I promise you that Heritage will not let up on these and many other issues in the years to come. All of us here will put our shoulder to the wheel to restore American society to what it once was. This is my guarantee to you on my first day.

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Repealing Obamacare’s Disastrous Medicaid Expansion

If something is dysfunctional – especially a government program – it only becomes a larger problem when you expand it without first reforming it.  Expansion of a program doesn’t automatically make the program work.

That is precisely what the Obama administration, most Democrats in Congress and a handful of Republican governors have done with  Medicaid under Obamacare, though.  It is a broken, flawed program, and they have expanded it, making it an even bigger problem than before.

That is why the first piece of legislation Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has introduced in the 113th Congress is The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act (H.R. 1404).

This is something that anyone who opposed Obamacare should support.  Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would be a massive strain on the economy, especially the States’ economies.  As Rep. Salmon explained in a press release:

One of the big-ticket items included in Obamacare was a provision that essentially bribed states to expand their Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138% of the poverty level, and to have the Federal government pay for 100% of the expansion.  As with most other aspects of Obamacare, unwanted strings are attached.

Obamacare only covers the full cost of this expansion for the initial years, but leaves the onerous federal mandates to stay.

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Email Your Representative to Support the Salmon Rule

It’s time to tell your Representative to support the Salmon Rule.

In a recent Op-Ed, Rep. Salmon laid out the details of the rule:

From this point forward, I will vote against the rule for bills that increase spending without offsetting spending cuts and encourage my other conservative colleagues to do the same. Similarly, if House leadership brings any more bills to the floor without first securing the support from the majority of the GOP conference, I will take the same action.

Opposing bills if a majority of the House GOP opposes them is a strong stand, one that would have prevented VAWA and other bad policy from passing the House.

By supporting the Salmon Rule, you will be telling Congress to vote against any Rule on a bill that doesn’t have the support of the majority of the majority. Email your Representative to support the Salmon Rule now.

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