Morning Action: Rest in Peace, Lady Thatcher
IRON LADY. Rest in peace, Lady Thatcher. Must watch video via Heritage:
GUNS. Harry Reid is likely to delay work on a sweeping gun bill to allow Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to work out details of a compromise:
If Manchin succeeds in striking a deal, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) plans to move quickly to include that language in the bill, according to top aides. Those aides caution that Republicans could force the process to extend into next week by exercising various procedural rules. Reid’s current bill includes several of the leading Democratic proposals to curb gun violence, including a plan to expand background checks to all gun purchases, make gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time and bolster federal financing of school security programs.
Schumer said Sunday that Democrats are open to changing the bill’s language on background checks if Manchin can strike a deal with Republicans.
“Please let us go to the floor,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “If we go to the floor, I’m still hopeful that what I call the sweet spot — background checks — can succeed. We’re working hard there.”
OBAMA BUDGET. President Obama and others on the Left, such as White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, are doing everything in their power to confiscate more of our money, and they act as though lawmakers on the Right have a “my way or the highway” approach. But it seems the President’s words would be better used to describe his own approach:
The White House tried Sunday to win support for President Obama’s forthcoming budget, arguing the plan is a balanced approach to economic prosperity and warning Republicans about stonewalling negotiations and pushing a “rejected” Romney plan.
The White House effort comes three days before Obama releases his 2014 budget, which is expected to include a mix of tax increases and cuts to such entitlements as Social Security and Medicare.
“You can do both,” Pfeiffer said on ABC’s “This Week.” “That’s what you’ll see. … What we won’t do is cut our way to prosperity.”
AMNESTY. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) immigration bill will be ready by the week’s end. He and others are looking forward to what they consider a “bipartisan immigration bill,” but what they refer to as a pathway to citizenship can rightly be called amnesty, which discourages respect for the rule of law:
The Senate group unveiled a framework for immigration reform in January and has since been negotiating the details of a plan that would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, toughen border security, create a guest worker program and boost high-skilled immigration.
REVOLVING DOOR. A stint as a staffer on the Hill is often times not the end of the road for folks in Washington. Not surprisingly, many of use the relationships they formed in Congress as leverage to affect a broad array of policy areas when they become lobbyists:
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. That means he’s the guy in the Senate charged with writing any overhaul of the nation’s tax laws. And that means that anyone who has ever worked for him is in high demand in Washington’s lobbying shops.
[T]he point of hiring Baucus’s former aides isn’t that they can seamlessly insert any language they want into the final legislation. It’s that they have a direct line to Baucus, and to the people around Baucus, and that gives them a huge advantage.