Morning Action: The Immigration Debate Marches On
GUNS. Yesterday, the Senate approved a procedural motion that will allow debate on the Democrat gun bill to begin. Sixty votes were required, and the motion garnered 68 in total, including the support of 16 Republican senators, Sens. Lamar Alexander (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Richard Burr (NC), Saxby Chambliss (GA), Tom Coburn (OK), Susan Collins (ME), Bob Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Dean Heller (NV), John Hoeven (ND), Johnny Isakson (GA), Mark Kirk (IL), John McCain (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA) and Roger Wicker (MS).
The House bill will be introduced next week:
[Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)] said the legislation will “replicate” what was agreed to by those senators, a bipartisan deal that expands background checks for commercial gun purchases, including those made at gun shows.
BUDGETS. The Senate and House budgets are about as combinable as oil and vinegar. Nonetheless, lawmakers are apparently attempting to reconcile the two, which may serve the purpose later in the summer of helping to smooth out debt limit debate discussions:
Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., are in negotiations over the terms of a potential conference committee, meeting most recently on Wednesday. But outside their talks, rank-and-file members as well as leaders don’t seem very invested in the process.
Still, budget talks — if not a deal — could help House Republicans and Senate Democrats navigate this summer’s reprise of the debt limit debate.
IMMIGRATION. Some conservative lawmakers in the Congress are seeking to prevent a rush to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Of course, there are solutions to the immigration challenges we face as a nation, however, anything that undermines the rule of law is not one of them:
Rohrabacher said that “what the leadership would like to shove down our throats in terms of immigration reform is bad policy and bad politics.”
He argued that it’s bad policy because it’s not what is best for the American people. It would take away jobs from U.S. citizens, and bids down the price of labor, he said. It would be bad politics because allowing illegal immigrants to one day become citizens and vote would only mint new Democratic voters.
LABOR. The House is about to make a move that is good economically and is beneficial for the rights of workers and employers:
House Republicans are poised to approve a measure that would stop the National Labor Relations Board from conducting business until a dispute over the president’s recess appointments to the agency is resolved.
The bill is a response to a federal appeals court decision in January, which ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by filling vacancies on the board without Senate confirmation.