Morning Action: Keep the Pressure on to Prevent Amnesty, Reform Farm Bill

AMNESTY. Congress is not in session this week; instead, Members are at home in their districts.  Now is an opportunity to ask your representative some questions about immigration.  Heritage has 5 important questions for which you should have answers.

1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the flow of illegal immigrants to stop, how can you say this approach secures the border?

2. The Senate-passed bill requires the U.S. government to manage many more visas, even though it doesn’t do a good job with today’s smaller work load. So how does this “fix” our legal immigration system?

3. The Senate-passed bill puts the federal government in charge of enforcing immigration laws, even though state and local governments want to help and would be good partners. Is this federal focus the right approach?

4. Since the Senate-passed bill would add huge costs and likely depress wages for many current Americans, is it really good for the citizens you’re supposed to represent?

5. In 1986, when Congress last passed amnesty, the sponsors said it was a “one-time” thing. The Senate-passed bill follows the same “amnesty first, security and enforcement later” approach. Why are we doing that again?

The real, conservative answers to these questions can be found here.

IST. Most Americans oppose the Internet sales tax.  Heritage explains:

Imagine being forced to collect sales tax for a state government where your business has no presence or facing audits from a state that is thousands of miles from your home base. The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) poses these potential threats to online businesses and other remote sellers. The act requires businesses with more than $1 million in remote sales to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers and send it to the appropriate state agency.

Gallup found in a recent poll that the idea of taxing purchases on the Internet goes against public opinion. Given the chance, 57 percent of U.S. adults would vote against a law that allowed each state to collect sales tax on purchases that its residents made online.

Early last week, conservative lawmakers and opponents of an Internet sales tax took to the Capitol Hill to protest the constitutional issues. The Heritage Foundation posted a video of their comments here.

FARM BILL.  After speaking with conservative Members at last week’s Conversations with Conservatives, Heritage found that conservatives in Congress made three key points about the farm bill:

  1. Killing the farm bill was a step in the right direction.
  2. Now Congress needs to split the bill.
  3. Congress needs to stop adding new costs to expensive farm programs.

Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham made a very important point about what should happen now that the farm bill has been killed:

“We are encouraged to hear reports that House Republican leaders are actively considering the separation of the so-called farm bill.  This is an important first step to restoring fiscal sanity and transparency to this debate, but it is only a step.  The reason to end this unholy alliance is to have an open, transparent debate on real reforms.  To be clear, the House should start over and pursue real, free-market reforms; simply holding separate votes on failed policy is nothing more than a different path to the same failed policies.”

MARRIAGE.  Heritage explains that the Supreme Court’s ruling on the California Proposition 8 case is not the end of the story:

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry, finding that the official proponents of California’s Proposition 8 (which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman) lacked standing to defend the law in court. Throwing out the federal appellate court’s decision, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the appellate court with instructions to dismiss the case.

So what happens next? The short answer is more litigation.

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