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Federal government tactically retreats on cigarette labels

When it comes to the First Amendment, cigarette companies are up there with health insurance companies and Wall Street banks as some of the last organizations I want to spend time defending. However, when the government oversteps, we are temporarily allies. This week, the federal government decided to stop arguing a lawsuit that would require companies to put graphic images on cigarette packs: The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration will go back to ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/15/17

CALENDAR: The House is out of session this week. The House will return on Monday, January 23, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, January 17, with the first vote of the day to be held at approximately 4:45 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday, and began its week by taking up and passing under Suspension of the Rules H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, by a vote of 405-28. Then the House took up and passed H.R. 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, by a vote of 404-29. On Tuesday, ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 7/10/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Friday, with no votes later than 3:30 PM. And then begins the Summer Recess, which will last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. The Senate will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session until Friday, at which point begins the Senate’s Summer Recess, which will also last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess for the Fourth of July break from Friday, June 24 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/24/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess for the Fourth of July break, and will not return until Tuesday, July 5. The Senate will be back at work on Monday, June 27. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 13. They took up seven bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 14, the House took up two bills under Rules – including H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, offered by Rep. Peter Roskam of IL. That bill passed by a vote of 240-182, with but one Republican – Chris Gibson, of New York’s 19th congressional district – voting against it. So, no soup ...