Morning Action: A Victory on Guns, New Battles on The Horizon
GUNS. After the Senate’s vote on the gun-grabbing Schumer-Toomey-Manchin bill, Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham released the following statement:
Today, the American people dealt a devastating blow to the left’s attempt to undermine the Second Amendment. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Amendment was an ineffective Washington solution crafted behind closed doors that has no place in our political system. Heritage Action will continue to oppose any bill that infringes on the constitutional rights of the American people.
AMNESTY. President of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint opposes the Gang of Eight’s immigration in very clear terms and for very valid reasons:
We are also a nation of laws. The “Gang of Eight” bill introduced in the U.S. Senate violates the very rule of law principle that creates opportunity for immigrants and makes America a beacon of hope for the world. Giving legal residency to the 11 million people who came here illegally has one definition: amnesty. Amnesty rewards unlawful behavior and diminishes opportunity and prosperity for lawful immigrants and all Americans.
The Senate bill imposes significant costs on taxpayers. At a time of trillion-dollar deficits and $17 trillion in debt, the cost of implementing amnesty and the strain it will add to already fragile entitlement and welfare programs should be of serious concern for everyone.
He reminds us that just like the last amnesty given to 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986, this new amnesty, which will be given to 11 million illegal immigrants, is bound to fail:
This new bill is much the same as the last: immediate amnesty in the form of provisional status within months and lofty promises of “strategies” and “plans” for enforcement years later.
IST. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and his liberal friends in the Senate want to move forward with an internet sales tax bill that would undermine 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.
LABOR THUG. President Obama’s Labor U.S. Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez is still under intense scrutiny. He faces his first confirmation hearing Thursday (sub. req’d):
Republicans worry that Mr. Perez will prove an aggressive regulator, a notion to which his tenure as head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division lends some support. Under his leadership, the division has begun a record number of investigations of local police departments, and last year it filed more briefs in voting-rights cases than were filed in the previous nine years combined.
Mr. Perez last year sued Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who drew attention for his crackdowns on suspected illegal immigrants, accusing his office of discrimination. And in a move that has ignited controversy, Mr. Perez worked out a deal with St. Paul, Minn., under which the city withdrew a Supreme Court appeal that posed a threat to a rights-enforcement tool the U.S. uses.
Mr. Perez’s record as a Maryland state official suggests he would push policies that rankle many employers, such as stricter enforcement of a variety of workplace regulations. If confirmed, he could have a hand in shaping enforcement of any immigration overhaul Congress enacts. Depending on what passes, the Labor Department might find itself writing rules for bringing lower-skilled temporary workers into the U.S. or for electronic verification of immigrants’ legal status.
DINNER DATE. Dining on pavé of halibut with green and white asparagus and diver sea scallops in a hazelnut emulsion last night, President Obama and 12 Senate Democrats chatted about jobs, our debt and deficit, and “other critical issues”:
Obama invited a dozen Democratic senators to join him for an informal dinner after holding two similar meetings with separate groups of Republican senators.
The lawmaker said Obama discussed his controversial proposal to use the chained consumer price index to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits but the issue did not dominate the conversation.
It is yet to be determined whether the fine dining will contribute to job creation, deficit and debt reduction, or a betterment of any of the other “critical issues” they discussed. We won’t hold our breath.