Morning Action: Obamacare is Still Unpopular According to New Poll
OBAMACARE. It’s still unpopular, according to a new poll:
Attitudes toward ObamaCare have only changed slightly despite the administration’s success in enrolling more than eight million people, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
The poll found 43 percent approve of ObamaCare, but a majority disapproves of it.
A Department of Health and Human Services report released in early May confirmed more than eight million people have enrolled.
Nevada has become the third state to announce it will concede Obamacare exchange enrollment responsibilities to the federal government via healthcare.gov. Heritage explains:
Federal taxpayers already have sent about $4.9 billion total in grants to the states to establish exchanges, with almost $4.2 billion going to just the 16 states and the District of Colombia that had planned to operate their own exchanges in 2014.
Nevada received $91 million in grants and, as of April 19, had enrolled 45,390 people, for a federal taxpayer cost of $2,005 per enrollee.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN. The Obama administration is planning to unveil a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval, and the Heritage Foundation explains how it will cost American taxpayers:
Leading the charge, unsurprisingly, is the Environmental Protection Agency, which will release its carbon-dioxide regulations for existing power plants on Monday. The plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures.
IMMIGRATION. Pressure is reportedly growing for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to work on immigration reform in the House, but he is still feeling pressure from conservatives not to pass any kind of amnesty (sub. req’d):
Political forces from the left and the right gathered at the Virginia state Capitol Wednesday with a shared objective: Ratchet up the immigration pressure on Eric Cantor.
On one side were the pro-immigration activists — led by an Illinois Democrat — calling for the House majority leader to at least allow legislation an up or down vote. On the other was a political rival all-too-ready to hang the word “amnesty” around the Virginia Republican’s neck.
In the middle of the debate, walking a political tightrope with less than two weeks to go before a closely-watched primary race and the clock steadily ticking down on the 113th Congress, is Cantor.
Cantor was once considered an advocate for passing a comprehensive rewrite of the immigration code. He spoke in support of legislation to prevent deportations of the so-called “DREAMers” — young illegal immigrants who in many cases were brought into the country by their parents — and was said to be working on a “KIDS Act” with Judiciary Chairman Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) 79%. He helped draft House GOP “principles” earlier this year meant to guide the chamber’s approach to an immigration overhaul.
Then, last week, Cantor blocked consideration of an amendment to the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that he said he supported in the past. The amendment would have provided a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants who serve in the military.
SPENDING BILLS. The House is ready to move forward on key spending bills (sub. req’d):
The House Rules Committee is ready to pave the way for floor consideration of the fiscal 2015 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development bill.
The panel will vote on a rule for the measure ( HR 4745 ) on Thursday, setting up a fight between Democrats and Republicans on spending for housing programs.
With the House off next week, a vote on the floor appears likely the week of June 9, but the Rules Committee markup should offer a preview of the coming clash as well as what type of amendments might see action.
Also on the spending front Thursday, the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its fiscal 2015 Agriculture measure, which includes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s budget.
While much of the debate will focus on school lunch standards, lawmakers might mix it up on CFTC spending. Notably, the bill includes an array of policy riders aimed at bringing the agency’s financial regulations to heel.