Morning Action: Heritage Explains the Real Cost of Amnesty
AMNESTY. Later this morning at 11:30, Heritage President Jim DeMint will host a press conference with Robert Rector, whose 2007 study on the cost of amnesty played a major role in the debate over immigration in Congress. The press conference will be streamed live. You can watch it here.
INTERNET SALES TAX. In a move that will harm small online businesses and consumers alike, while succumbing to the demands of big businesses like Amazon, the Senate is expected to pass (sub. req’d) the Marketplace Fairness Act. However, the House is a different story:
Though the Internet tax bill is expected to pass by a wide margin today after adoption of a manager’s amendment, it faces uncertain prospects in the House, where opponents will be looking to amend and slow down the measure. Supporters are hoping for help from Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., whose home state is counting on revenue from online sales to fund transportation projects. If Congress doesn’t pass a measure, Virginia law requires gasoline taxes to be raised 5.1 percent in 2015, instead of a planned 3.5 percent increase. Goodlatte, who’s concerned that online merchants would be responsible for collecting taxes for multiple states where they have no representation, is insisting that any House legislation go through his committee.
OBAMACARE. Americans understand the Obamacare is failing, and even Democrats have conceded that it is a train wreck coming. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) just joined his colleagues Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Max Baucus (D-MT) in expressing concern. Though many Democrats still may think there is a chance that this law is going to work, the bill’s complexity and other flaws preclude the possibility of it ever benefiting us. The House may soon vote again for full repeal (sub. req’d):
The House may vote again, as soon as this month, on a full repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care bill, after the chamber failed to pass a Republican bill that would have shifted money but kept the law intact.
Many Republicans objected to the bill in April because it was seen as a concession that the health care law is valid, and it was pulled from floor consideration before being given a vote. But Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., signaled in a Friday memo to his conference that they will soon be able to vote on a full repeal vote instead.
The announcement came as Cantor laid out the bulk of the May agenda; it includes measures that are likely to draw praise from conservatives, such as a push to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Oklahoma.