Morning Action: Rushing the Senate’s Internet Sales Tax Bill
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.”
IST. Pro-tax Senators are rushing a vote on their internet sales tax bill so that their colleagues will have minimal time to consider the bill before they vote (sub. req’d):
As early as Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill that was introduced only last Tuesday. The text of this legislation, which would fundamentally change interstate commerce, only became available on the Library of Congress website over the weekend. And you thought ObamaCare was jammed through Nancy Pelosi‘s Democratic House in a hurry.
For Senators curious about what they’re voting on, it is the same flawed proposal that Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) introduced in February. It has been repackaged to qualify for a Senate rule that allows Majority Leader Harry Reid to bypass committee debate and bring it straight to the floor.
Mr. Enzi’s Marketplace Fairness Act discriminates against Internet-based businesses by imposing burdens that it does not apply to brick-and-mortar companies. For the first time, online merchants would be forced to collect sales taxes for all of America’s estimated 9,600 state and local taxing authorities.
HOUSE’S AMNESTY. There are currently two immigration plans that will eventually arrive on the House floor, and it is unclear which House immigration plan Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will back:
A secretive bipartisan working group — akin to the Senate-side “gang of eight” — is trying to finalize its “comprehensive” proposal. But House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte is flexing his muscles by launching a piecemeal-type legislative push, causing tension between the two factions and questions about who will take the lead.
Lawmakers and aides involved in the secret bipartisan group privately warn that Goodlatte could potentially blow up the push for an immigration bill in the House.
But immigration is under the Judiciary Committee’s purview, and moving the bill through the panel is part of the “regular order” Republicans have been clamoring for.
GAS TAX. If it doesn’t sound good to you, you think like two-thirds of your fellow Americans:
Two-thirds of Americans oppose increasing gas taxes, even if it means the revenue would go toward improving roads and bridges, a new polls shows.
Sixty-six percent of those surveyed say they are against a gas tax of up to 20 cents per gallon, with the money going to improve roads, bridges and building more mass transportation, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Only 29 percent support such an increase while the remainder aren’t sure or didn’t answer.
Maryland lawmakers approved such an increase in the state’s gas tax for the first time in about 20 years, with lawmakers in 17 other states considering similar legislation, according to Gallup.
BLOOMBERG. Just as Obama and his cronies tried to convince the American people that the sequester was the end of the world and failed, New York City Mayor Bloomberg tried to get the American people to forget about the Second Amendment – using $14 million of his own money — and failed. Dan Holler explains:
Following the defeat of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin anti-gun bill, Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, issued a statement ironically “damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington.”
The group went on to say, “The only silver lining is that we now know who refuses to stand with the 90 percent of Americans – and in 2014, our ever-expanding coalition of supporters will work to make sure that voters don’t forget.”
Their “ever-expanding coalition of supporters?” Along with that imaginary coalition is the very real $2.1 million from Bloomberg’s personal fortune that he is spending to make sure that only the most ultra-liberal candidates win in 2014. But as Dan also explains:
If Bloomberg goes into Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota to primary these four Democrat Senators (who hold an average Heritage Action score of 9.6%), he may end up wasting a ton of money.
Mitt Romney won these states by an average of 17.75 percentage points. If Bloomberg wants to go into these states, betting they are left of center, more power to him. He will quickly find out – just as Barack Obama has – America is not as left of center as he expected.