Morning Action: We’re All In On Guns
HAFA. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd says Senators who value their score will oppose the Senate gun bill because of Heritage Action’s pledge to key vote.
SOCIAL SECURITY. According to a tweet by Alexander Mooney, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will join in a protest against President Obama’s proposed social security benefit changes.
GUNS. President Obama is pushing hard for the Senate’s gun control legislation that will be introduced this week, a major feature of which is the background check provision – essentially a tax. Somehow, he considers this “do[ing] what’s right.” He recently said to a crowd in West Hartford, Connecticut:
“The day Newtown happened was the toughest day of my presidency. But I gotta tell you, if we don’t respond to this, that will be a tough day for me too. Because, we’ve got to expect more from ourselves. We’ve got to expect more from Congress. We’ve got to believe that every once in a while, we set politics aside and we just do what’s right. We gotta believe that.”
The President has also boldly and inappropriately discouraged GOP senators from filibustering any gun proposals, even as he seems to be washing his hands prematurely of defeat should gun control proponents fail:
[F]or the first time, Obama began to prepare supporters of gun control for defeat. Succeeding in getting something passed isn’t about him, he said, but failing to would be about Congress if it can’t even push through expanded background checks for gun sales – the sliver of his agenda that remains possible.
As we’ve noted, however, this legislation will serve to seriously encumber law abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights and will prevent them from freely engaging in normal behaviors, such as lending a gun to a friend who is going hunting.
OBAMACARE. Though she’s quick to blame politics, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits that Obamacare is proving disastrously difficult to implement:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that she did not anticipate how complicated implementing the president’s signature health care law would be.
“The politics has been relentless and that continues,” Sebelius said, according to Reuters. “There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state by state political battles.”
SEQUESTER. If you fell for the White House’s pose-sequester rhetoric, this should come as surprising news:
The White House will open its gates this weekend to members of the public, allowing ticketed visitors in for the annual garden tour despite sequester cuts that have led to the cancellation of regular tours.
It will be one of the first opportunities for the general public to view the White House grounds since the administration announced a month ago that it was canceling tours because of Secret Service cuts caused by the sequester. Last week, hundreds of visitors were also granted access to the South Lawn for the annual Easter Egg Roll.