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Wednesday
Jun122013

NHDP - ICYMI: Ayotte's immigration position undercuts key political friend

Keypoint: "She voted with gun control advocates before she voted against them and now U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte may look back at her Sunday surprise announcement that she will support passage of a Senate immigration bill as another political fumble as a rookie in elected office."

 


WMUR: Analysis: Ayotte's immigration position undercuts key political friend
Printed June 10, 2013
James Pindell

MANCHESTER, N.H. - She voted with gun control advocates before she voted against them and now U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte may look back at her Sunday surprise announcement that she will support passage of a Senate immigration bill as another political fumble as a rookie in elected office.

 
As Ayotte struggles to develop a consistent political brand, she begins this week with liberals angry with her over a gun vote from the spring, conservatives angry with her for supporting immigration reform and another $400,000 in television ads running against her in her home state, with no counter ads supporting her.
 
New Hampshire Republican Party secretary Diane Bitter even encouraged members on a local Tea Party email list to "express" their opinion to Ayotte through the Senate's website.
 
Possibly hoping to change the subject away from guns or maybe to just issue a position ahead of the Senate's immigration debate this week, Ayotte told a CBS News "Face The Nation" she will support the immigration reform bill. Ayotte's statement was very significant because the measure now has the needed 60 votes to pass and because she is the first Republican to support the bill who hasn't been a co-author.
 
If that is her position, that's fine, but the way she handled it politically Ayotte left a lot on the table and undercut the only friend who really came to her rescue when she was down.
 
In April, Ayotte voted against an amendment that would expand gun background checks, a measure polls shows was supported by three-quarters of Granite Stators. That caused protestors at town halls, and about $1.5 million in very critical ads against Ayotte. It was the first amount of widespread, sustained criticism she has ever endured.
 
The National Rifle Association backed up Ayotte, their television ad buy was small it had no impact. The only one who was in her corner in a way that mattered was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who directed his political action committee to spend six figures defending.
 
Ayotte is playing Candyland while many in the Senate are playing chess. The way Ayotte played it, she did two things damaging politically.
 
First, she undercut Rubio. Lately Rubio is saying that while he was among those crafting the bill he wants the amendment process to beef up border security measures. Before Ayotte's announcement Rubio would have had a seat at the table to drive those changes. Now, immigration supporters can tell Rubio to buzz off because they have the 60 votes to do what they want.
 
Second, by going all in for it, she is now irrelevant in the next few weeks of immigration debate, for a few days of news coverage Sunday and Monday of her decision.  If, instead, she said she generally favored the bill, but wanted to watch the amendment process, she would have received the same amount of headlines as a potential 60th vote, but reserved the right to vote against the bill. In that position, Ayotte could have crafted changes in the final bill. Just think what could have been. In the next few weeks a key border security amendment, let's call it the Rubio-Ayotte amendment, would have been a very high-profile way for Ayotte to show she can hold conservative principles and still get something big done by working with Democrats. Even Republicans who will disagree with her eventual vote for immigration reform would have to concede that she made the bill better and did it with Rubio, who is beloved in the Republican base.
 
Now she doesn't have that option and nor does Rubio.
 
When WMUR's Josh McElveen caught up Ayotte on Monday he asked if she "submarined" Rubio's efforts.
 
"I am confident that Sen. Rubio is going to support his piece of legislation because he drafted it," Ayotte said.
 
Because of Ayotte's play he may now have little choice.
 
Friday
May312013

Watchdog - Formula for Disaster

Amendment boosts cash-for-green card program

A controversial investor-visa program would become permanent and award green cards to more foreign nationals if Congress approves expansive amendments to the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill.

A former U.S. immigration official calls this a "formula for disaster."


Read the full story HERE!

Tuesday
May212013

CEI Today: 10,000 Commandments, credit union regulation, and immigration vs wages

TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS - WAYNE CREWS

REPORT ON REGULATION


In the twenty years since the creation of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, one trend has become clear: The regulatory state is growing in large part because the executive branch increasingly uses its control over rulemaking to enact policies it could not get approved by Congress.


Americans spend an estimated $1.8 trillion a year to comply with federal regulations, according to the report. For the first time, that’s more than half the level of total federal expenditures. Agencies spend $61 billion per year just to administer and enforce federalregulations—a 50 percent increase in the last decade.

cei.org/10kc


See also: Wall Street Journal editorial, Red Tape Record Breakers


> Interview Wayne Crews

CREDIT UNION REGULATION - JOHN BERLAU

Openmarket.org: Udall-Paul Legislation Spreads Freedom for Credit Unions and Entrepreneurs

 

By definition, if a bill is sponsored by Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., or any similarly odd ideological couples in the House, it more than meets the definition of bipartisan. For that, it should get a big kumbaya from the Beltway cognoscenti.


Yet the Udall-Paul bill, S. 968, should be cheered not just because of its bipartisanship, but because it actually spreads freedom. Those concerned with government eroding options for entrepreneurs should cheer this legislation, which lifts regulatory barriers to an untapped source of capital for startups: America’s credit unions. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: What Happened to U.S. Wages During Mass Immigration?

 

From 1890 to 1914, more than 15 million people poured into the United States, mostly from Europe. More than 1.3 million came in  1907 alone. That would be like 4 million coming in one year today–which would be four times the number allowed in legally last year. Despite this enormous increase in the workforce, worker compensation rose 40 percent over that era. Overall, America’s fastest period of economic growth was during the time of mass immigration (4.17 percent annually). > Read more


> Interview David Bier

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Thursday
May162013

CEI - Diverse Coalition Supports E-Verify Reform 

Workers and Businesses Need to Be Protected, Says Coalition

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 — This week, an ideologically diverse coalition of 44 organizations led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Small Business Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and Service Employees International Union called on the U.S. Senate to vote in favor of a bipartisan amendment proposed by Sens. Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to the E-Verify portion of the Senate immigration bill (S.744) that would require the government to meet a specific accuracy standard for the system.

The coalition, representing thousands of businesses and millions of Americans, sent a letter to the Senate that explained how the system’s errors may initially deny authorization to hundreds of thousands of legal workers and require them and their employers to spend time and money correcting mistakes. “Basic accountability can protect both workers and employers,” the letter states. “We propose Congress require that E-Verify’s error rate remain at or below its current level before small businesses are forced to comply with the mandate.”

CEI Immigration Policy Analyst David Bier explained that this is exactly what the Franken-Lee Amendment would do. “This amendment would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) keep errors below the current rate for the next nine years before mandating the system for the smallest businesses,” Bier said. “After this initial period, penalties would be reduced for these employers in any year that DHS failed to meet this accuracy standard.”

Bier argued that this amendment is important for the bill’s final passage. “This proposal has received such broad ideological support because it is common sense that we should not impose an experimental system on every U.S. employee without safeguards to protect them,” he said. “It is time that Senators embraced accountability and voted in favor of the Franken-Lee Amendment.”

Read the coalition letter here. Also, see CEI's E-Verify Problems and Solutions here.


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Wednesday
May082013

CEI Today: Immigrants and welfare, Senate vote on EPA nominee, and Big Gov't versus doctors

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER


Openmarket.org: Conservatives Must Reject the “Poor Are Parasites” Narrative

When Mitt Romney made his comments about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay taxes and were supposedly “dependent on government,” many conservatives rightly condemned the remark, and Romney apologized. Now, a major conservative think tank is repeating his error, denouncing lower-skilled workers as a fiscal drain on the economy.


This week, the Heritage Foundation, the largest conservative D.C. non-profit organization, released a study intended to demonstrate that allowing the 11.5 million mostly lower-income immigrants who are currently in the country illegally to stay will harm America’s economy. The study focuses on immigrants, but its logic applies to millions of working Americans, almost half of whom had no income tax liability in 2011, according to the Tax Policy Center. > Read more

> Interview David Bier

 

EPA NOMINEE - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: Senate Schedules Vote for EPA Nominee

 

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has scheduled a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for the morning of Thursday, 9th May.

The argument for blocking McCarthy’s confirmation is simply that it is one of the very few shots that Senators will have during the 113th Congress to push back the EPA’s ongoing regulatory onslaught against affordable energy.
> Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

BIG GOVERNMENT - MICHELLE MINTON

Real Clear Markets: The GOP Has a Blurry View of Free Markets In Medicine

 

Bad ideas and special interest politics don't ever die in Washington, D.C. They get re-introduced in the next Congress.


Earlier this month, Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., resurrected a plan to make it more difficult for optometrists (doctors of optometry who provide primary eye care) to compete with ophthalmologists (medical doctors who specialize in treating eyes). The perversely named Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2013 (HR 1427), authored in previous Congresses by former Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., as the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act, is aimed at hampering competition between these eye-care providers. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton

 

   

 

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CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.