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Congress: Tying immigration to Social Security

“A bipartisan immigration bill pending in the Senate would strengthen the Social Security trust fund by adding millions of workers to tax rolls, and provide a boost to the overall economy, according to an analysis Wednesday by the Social Security Administration,” APsays. “The finding came in a letter to Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who requested the analysis, from Stephen C. Gross, chief actuary for the agency.” 

“The Senate rejected an effort Wednesday to expand the use of firearms on some of the nation’s most frequently visited federal lands, handing gun control advocates a modest success,” AP writes. “The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, represented one of two efforts Wednesday by gun rights supporters to take the offensive in Congress. Across the Capitol, a Republican-run House committee voted to make it easier for some veterans with mental difficulties to get firearms.”

“The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed bill Wednesday that would give American workers the option of taking paid ‘comp time’ off for working more than 40 hours a week, instead of receiving overtime pay,” the Boston Globe writes. “The measure is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama has threatened a veto, but it carries political value for Republicans who can argue they were attempting to give employers and employees a broader range of compensation options. Republicans — who are seeking support from more women voters — are calling the bill fair and ‘pro-family.’”

Everything’s a fight nowadays… Mitch McConnell called Obama’s pick to be Labor secretary a “crusading ideologue,” and “Republicans used a procedural move Wednesday to delay a vote on Perez before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. It has been pushed back to May 16,” USA Today reports.