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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/25/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Friday, with the last vote scheduled to be no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30. The Senate is also scheduled to stay in session through Friday. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Two weeks ago, the House returned on Monday, June 12, and took up two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 13, they took up H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act, and S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. Both passed. On ...

Many rally around House, Senate Republicans in wake of violent attack during congressional baseball practice

Dozens of leaders have taken to Twitter to condemn the shooting that left numerous members of Congress and Capitol Hill police injured Wednesday after a sniper opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in the Del Rey neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, right outside D.C. Here’s what people are saying: https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/874981682952142848 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/874973978091302912 https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/874987034573774848 https://twitter.com/SteveForbesCEO/status/874990222454513664 https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/875012542023782400 https://twitter....

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 7

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The GOP quandary: How far right without falling over the edge? “Tea party loyalists are still somewhat wary of Walker, though, because of past positions on immigration and government support for ethanol, a big issue in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus. In 2006, he said during his gubernatorial campaign that “we as conservatives should oppose” federal ethanol requirements. But at the Iowa Ag Summit this month, he said he was “willing to go forward” with federal standards. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin asked Walker why he switched his position. Walker said his position was consistent, ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 31

HEALTHCARE: House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare “One of ObamaCare’s staunchest foes in Congress acknowledged for the first time that he has purchased insurance at HealthCare.gov. “For the record, I am on ObamaCare. Yee-hah!” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said during a town-hall meeting on Thursday. “My wife complains about it all the time,” he said, according to the Clay Center Dispatch. The disclosure from the chairman of the House GOP’s Tea Party Caucus comes just days after another firebrand conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), admitted that he was planning to enroll in insurance through ObamaCare…” http...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20150203-jenny-beth-martin-its-time-to-pass-a-u.s.-balanced-budget-amendment.ece Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment http://heralddemocrat.com/opinion/national-commentary/it-s-time-pass-lee-balanced-budget-amendment Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment https://home.butlereagle.com/clickshare/authenticateUserSubscription.do?CSProduct=butlereagle&CSAuthReq=1422997869:57356328138461&CSTargetURL=http://www.butlereagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/l...

News Briefing for Wednesday, January 7 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party groups make last-minute push to oust Boehner “Tea Party groups are making a late push to oust Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). With about two hours to go before the 12:45 p.m. vote on Tuesday, FreedomWorks said that its members had made over 11,000 phone calls to congressional offices urging members to vote against Boehner and sent more than 18,700 messages online in the last 72 hours. Another group, Tea Party Patriots, said on Twitter that it had facilitated close to 4,000 calls to members and urged its followers to make more. FreedomWorks was also aggressively pushing the campaign against Boehner on social media ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Cost of Healthcare.gov Exceeds $2.2B After Latest Contract Award “With the announcement Monday of a five-year, $563 million contract award to Accenture, the Healthcare.gov contractor that rescued the Obamacare marketplace after 2013's disastrous launch, the total cost of the site will well exceed $2.2 billion. The new award is on top of the $1.7 billion in contracts reported by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August. Accenture was first hired in January after HHS replaced CGI Federal, the original contractor. Accenture reported the new award on its website, noting that not only ...

News Briefing for Friday, December 5, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Healthcare.gov average premiums increasing in 2015 “Obama officials say the average prices for healthcare coverage on Healthcare.gov will increase in 2015, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services says customers purchasing the lowest cost "silver" plans, which are the most popular type of plans in the states using the federal exchanges, should see an average increase of five percent. The second-lowest cost "silver" plans, meanwhile, are expected to only increase in cost by two percent, on average. HHS is urging customers to shop around, claiming that more than seven in 10 can find lower ...

TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Friday, November 14, 2014

Yet Another Video of Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Is Making the Rounds — This Time He Brags About a ‘Dirty Secret’ Ever since video emerged of Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber bragging that the “stupidity of the American voter” helped get Obamacare passed, the MIT professor’s past statements have been under intense scrutiny. Yet another video emerged on Thursday showing Gruber bragging about the “dirty secret in Massachusetts” at a Noblis Technology event in 2012. “The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds paid for our bill, OK? In Massachusetts, we had a very powerful Senator you may know. His name is Ted ...

TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Thursday, November 13, 2014

Obama to Announce 10-Point Immigration Plan Via Exec Action as Early as Next Week President Obama is planning to unveil a 10-part plan for overhauling U.S. immigration policy via executive action -- including suspending deportations for millions -- as early as next Friday, a source close to the White House told Fox News. The president's plans were contained in a draft proposal from a U.S. government agency. The source said the plan could be announced as early as Nov. 21, though the date might slip a few days pending final White House approval. Obama was briefed at the White House by Homeland Security officials before leaving on his Asia-Pacific ...