Morning Action: Jim DeMint Explains What’s Wrong with Senate Immigration Bill
IMMIGRATION. Last night on “The Kudlow Report” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint explained to host Larry Kudlow what’s wrong with the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan: “It’s unfair, it costs too much, and it’s going to make the problem worse.”
He explains that the bill is going to give legal status and eventual citizenship to those who came here unlawfully, and the rest of the components of the bill are just promises.
Then, he added, the only way to solve this problem is to fix our immigration system in a way that “works for Americans” before we try to deal with the problems that our system has created.
DEBT CEILING. Republican lawmakers are making an effort to pass tax reform by tying it to the next debt ceiling increase, a move that may split Democrats:
A new GOP effort to pass tax reform by tying it to the next increase in the nation’s debt ceiling could split Democrats on Capitol Hill.
On Tuesday, the House Democratic point men on taxes and the budget came out against the idea of connecting the two issues, but the Senate’s top tax-writer, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), may go along.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, was adamant that there should be no linkage.
OBAMACARE. President Obama sees his own healthcare law through rose-colored glasses:
Obamacare is “working fine,” President Obama said yesterday in his press conference. It’s made health insurance “stronger, better, more secure than it was before.”
There are just a few slight details left to be implemented, but we shouldn’t worry about those, according to the President.
Right. There’s nothing to worry about, which is why Members of Congress are trying to exempt themselves and their staffs from Obamacare.
In reality, health insurance premiums are rising, and states—meaning taxpayers—are staring down some astronomical expenses. A new study from the Government Accountability Office cites Obamacare and Medicaid costs as budget busters for states that are just starting to get their budgets in order.
GUNS. The House of Representatives has been working on a bipartisan effort to expand background checks to all commercial guns sales, according to Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter T. King (R-NY) (sub. req’d). Their plan contains similarities to the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin gun bill in the Senate:
Both the House bill and the Senate amendment would require background checks on all private gun sales made in commercial venues, including those conducted online and at gun shows, two areas that are now exempt. Current law requires background checks only for commercial gun sales made through licensed dealers.
The Senate amendment fell six votes short of the 60 needed for passage, delivering a major defeat to gun control advocates who viewed it as a potential bipartisan breakthrough following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Thompson and King said Tuesday that they would restart the effort in the House.
Clearly, conservatives must remain vigilant and actively work to protect our Second Amendment rights. If the House legislation mirrors the Senate bill, it will also fail to reach the stated goal of protecting people from gun violence and succeed only in eroding our Constitutional rights.
SEQUESTER. President Obama is going around blaming Congress for the sequester, which was his idea (sub. req’d):
President Barack Obama chided Congress Tuesday for failing first to prevent, and now to stop, the sequester and defended his decision to sign a legislative fix carved for the Federal Aviation Administration to prevent air traffic delays.
He’s quite an expert at placing blame on others, and his solution is always to “tax the wealthy” more:
The president said he still hopes to reach a broader budget deal, and said the only thing standing in the way is Republicans refusing to close tax loopholes for the wealthy. But he doesn’t seem inclined to play hardball to force the GOP to the table.
“I cannot force Republicans to embrace those common-sense solutions. I can urge them to. I can put pressure on them. I can, you know, rally the American people around those — you know, those common-sense solutions. But ultimately they, themselves, are going to have to say, ‘We want to do the right thing,’” he said.