“Let me tell you something else, David,” NBC News’s Chuck Todd told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday, “the White House had been so confident that they were going to sign immigration reform this year. But for the first time I am hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think that maybe the House won’t act … The problem is there’s no trigger at the end of this year. … So I don’t know how this happens by the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path to how this happens.”
Todd is right. Something did change in the immigration debate last week. But it wasn’t the realization that there is no “trigger” to force the House to act. That has been true since the beginning of the debate. What changed this week is that Republicans lost all trust in President Obama’s ability to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.
Delayed mandates and invitation to fraud
On Tuesday of last week, news broke that the Treasury Department was about to announce it’s intention to delay implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year. Nothing in the law gives the Obama administration authority to delay the mandate, but he did it anyway.
As bad as that blow to the rule of law was, the Department of Health and Human Services followed it up with 600 pages of regulations Friday, one of which also delayed a requirement that states verify the eligibility information submitted by applicants. Not only is this also not authorized in the statute, but, as National Review’s Yuval Levin notes, it is also an open invitation for those wanting health care subsidies to defraud taxpayers.
“They will simply ignore the parts they don’t like.”
“They have shown no respect for traditional Constitutional separation of powers,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., told National Review‘s John Fund about the impact of the Obamacare delays on the immigration debate, “and that makes it difficult to pass laws where the fear is that they will simply ignore the parts they don’t like.”
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who is on the House Judiciary Committee and had been a member of a bipartisan group working on immigration reform, echoed Roe’s concerns on Meet the Press. “In fact, if you look at this Obamacare debacle that they have right now, this administration is actually deciding when and where to actually enforce the law. And that’s what some of us in the House are concerned about. If you give to this administration the authority to decide when they’re going to enforce the law, how they’re going to enforce the law … what’s going to happen is that we’re going to give legalization to 11 million people and Janet Napolitano is going to come to Congress and tell us that the border is already secure and nothing else needs to happen.”
House Republicans already have a full plate on their agenda this summer and fall. Not only will there be full investigations into the legal basis for all of the Obamacare delays, but Congress must also pass new spending authorization to keep the government running by the end of September, and they have to raise the debt limit some time before January. Considering the breach of trust Obamacare implementation has already created, just keeping the government running will keep Congress busy enough.
From The Washington Examiner
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Susan Ferrechio: Amid private immigration talks this week, House to vote on jobs and energy bills
Sean Higgins: Rahm Emanuel’s battle with teachers union souring his political future
Joel Gehrke: California prison doctors sterilized women to cut welfare costs
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In Other News
Associated Press, Temporary Jobs Becoming a Permanent Fixture in U.S.: From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them — about 12 percent of everyone with a job.
BBC, Morsi supporters shot dead in Cairo: At least 40 people have been killed in a shooting incident in Cairo, amid ongoing unrest over the removal of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi.
National Journal, House Republicans Draft Their Debt-Ceiling Playbook: With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a “menu” of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in exchange for raising the country’s borrowing limit.
The New York Times, Spitzer Rejoins Politics, Asking for Forgiveness: Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, has until Thursday to obtain the necessary signatures to get on the ballot.
The Sacramento Bee, Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval: Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
Yuval Levin on Obamacare’s Invitation to Fraud.
Chris Jacobs on Obamacare’s Dirty Dozen Implementation Failures.
A new Center for Immigration Studies report claims all the net growth in employment among the working-age (ages 16–65) over the last decade went to immigrants (legal and illegal).
Fred Bauer on How the House Should Handle Immigration.
Andrew Stiles explains why passing amnesty would not take the immigration issue off the table.