Morning Action: Obamacare’s 111 Million Hours of Paperwork
OBAMACARE. Earlier in March we got the gist of just how oppressive Obamacare is when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stacked up the roughly 20,000 pages of Obamacare regulations and shared a picture with the world. Another way to measure how burdensome this law is is by hours of paperwork:
In its first three years, President Obama’s healthcare law has imposed more than $30 billion in costs and 111 million hours of paperwork burdens, according to a new study from the American Action Forum.
GUNS. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stating that they will “oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” On the other side of the equation are Sen. Reid and his liberal colleagues:
Reid plans to bring up a gun-control measure that focuses on broadening background checks and cracking down on interstate gun-trafficking after the current Senate recess.
SPENDING. Should President Obama use his executive authority to spend federal dollars on new monuments at this point in time? One lawmaker certainly doesn’t think so and has made his opinion known:
President Obama today unilaterally designated five new national monuments, sparking criticism from at least one Republican who is questioning the timing and cost of the decision.
In a statement released Friday, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., criticized Obama for “unilaterally ordering the National Park Service to spend scarce dollars” while the nation faces harsh budget cuts as a result of the sequester.
IMMIGRATION. Apparently the public wants to see the President “achieving things” and “leading,” according to one Democrat strategist. Americans increasingly disapprove of his economic “leadership,” so in an effort to win the favor of Americans, he is shifting focus to immigration and guns:
Democrats welcome the pivot after watching Obama’s standing in polls fall amid fights with Congress over the budget and the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
They see immigration and gun reform as a better playing field for Obama that could provide political wins for the president.
INTERNET PRIVACY. Heritage Action has joined in an effort to protect both American competitiveness and personal liberty:
Digital 4th, a pro-Internet-privacy reform group, today announced Heritage Action for America joined Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in supporting reforms that bring communications privacy protections into the 21st century. Digital 4th is a coalition dedicated to ensuring the information we transmit or store online has the same Fourth Amendment protections as data that is stored in a file cabinet or exchanged over the phone and through the mail. Digital 4th also works to ensure that the government obtains a warrant before tracking the location of a person’s cell phone over time.