Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) claimed that taxing consumers for online purchases is as easy as finding out the weather. He made those comments in a defense of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which Heritage Action opposes. He states that an internet company can find out the tax for any jurisdiction as easily as they could find out the weather just by knowing someone’s zip code.
IMMIGRATION REFORM. Heritage identifies the top five problems with the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, and offers guidelines for real immigration reform:
Once we get it right, there is strong bipartisan support that modernizing lawful immigration ought to be a priority. Congress should put its effort into accomplishing that aim—moving forward on an area of strong agreement, while allowing time to debate issues where there is not strong consensus.
Immigration reform can move forward on many fronts at the same time, focusing on some commonsense initiatives that begin to address the practical challenges of our immigration system. The key is to begin by working on the solutions on which we can all agree, rather than insisting on a comprehensive approach that divides us.
OBAMA AMNESTY. The President got what he wanted, and how he’s going to battle for it:
Organizing for Action, the activist group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, plans what it calls a “major day of action” next month to gather support for the bipartisan Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill.
“This is a huge moment for President Obama,” said Emmy Ruiz, OFA’s immigration campaign manager, in an email sent to supporters of the Obama campaign Sunday. “The president made it clear last year that comprehensive immigration reform is a big part of his agenda — and we can help him keep that promise to the American people.”
BOSTON. Though the situation continues to unfold, significant events occurred this morning as authorities continued their search for those responsible for the Boston bombings:
With a bomb strapped to his chest, one of the Boston Marathon suspects was killed early Friday after he and his accomplice brother robbed a 7-Eleven, shot a police officer to death, carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives in an extraordinary firefight with law enforcement, authorities told NBC News.
The second suspect — the one in the white hat in photos released by the FBI — was on the loose. Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the entire city of Boston and some suburbs to stay inside during what he called a “massive manhunt,” and police began a house-to-house search. Boston shut down its buses and subway system.
The suspects are brothers of Chechen origin with the last name Tsarnaev, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The suspect at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is 19, was born in Kyrgyzstan and has a Massachusetts driver’s license, they said. The dead suspect was identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, born in Russia.
Right now, all eyes are on the Senate as they weigh in on our Second Amendment rights. The good news is that the gun-grabbing Schumer-Toomey-Manchin bill went down by a vote of 54-46. Of course, no victory – or defeat – in Washington is permanent, and there are always new battles to fight for freedom.
But liberals in the Senate don’t just want to undermine our Second Amendment rights.
Liberals are after rights of all kinds. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is now setting up a possible vote on internet sales tax legislation that would erode states’ rights.
The bill in question is the deceptively named Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. It’s anything but “fair.” In fact, it would actually make interstate competition more difficult, which as Heritage explains was one of the very things the U.S. Constitution was designed to protect.
Moreover, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act does not take into account the rights of states that do not have a sales tax, which is in part why it has drawn bipartisan opposition from Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).
Like the gun debate, this one illustrates why conservatives must always hold Washington politicians accountable.