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Even Walmart can’t handle Obamacare

Earlier this week, Walmart Stores, the largest retailer in the world, announced that effective January 1, it will terminate health insurance[1] coverage for 30,000 part-time employees. Sadly, Walmart is just the latest in a string of retailers – including Home Depot and Target – forced to cut health coverage due to rising costs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. According to one Walmart official, “This year, the expenses were significant, and led us to make some tough decisions.” The company went on to say that the Affordable Care Act prompted larger-than-expected numbers of Walmart employees to enroll in health plans, driving up the ...

Texas almost opens the door to Obamacare Medicaid exchanges

Last week, the Texas House almost opened the door to expanded Medicaid coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, conservatives stepped up to prevent this disaster from happening. The Texas Tribune has the story: Hours after approving the measure, the Texas House backpedaled on an amendment to the 2013-14 budget that would have opened the door to negotiations on expanding Medicaid, a key provision of federal health care reform. “A lot of us didn’t really understand what was taking place,” said state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, who voted in favor of the amendment earlier in the day, then joined a united House Republican delegation in ...

President Obama requesting more than 9,000 IRS new-hires

President Obama in his latest budget is proposing the IRS hire more than 9,000 employees, including almost 500 new bureaucrats to work on Obamacare regulations. The Washington Examiner has the story: Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were eligible for the government-funded health insurance but declined to enroll....

ICYMI: Americans say big government is biggest threat to our future

A recent Gallup poll reveals Americans feel most threatened by big government. CNS News has the details: When asked to choose among big government, big labor and big business, Americans overwhelmingly name big government as the biggest threat to the country in the future. According to Gallup, almost nine in 10 Republicans (88%) say big government is the biggest threat to the future of the country, 67% of independents and 53% of Democrats say the same. Results for the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 2-6, 2015, on the Gallup U.S. Daily survey, with a random sample of 824 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 ...

Members of House Freedom Caucus threaten budget showdown over president’s unilateral gun-control move

Several Members of the House Freedom Caucus are threatening to slash funding in an effort to derail President Obama's unilateral executive actions on gun control. Via The Washington Post: Leading Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee and from the party’s conservative wing vowed to use the appropriations process to block Obama’s executive actions and deny the president the necessary funding to implement some of his proposals. “What the president has done is unconstitutional and any action Congress can take, we should, including appropriations,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) a member of the House’s Freedom Caucus ...  ...

The new Common Core is the same old thing: Government gone awry

President Obama's No Child Left Behind successor — dubbed the Every Students Succeeds Act — glided through the House and Senate recently and is said to be the solution to the one-size-fits-all Common Core standards but is actually the latest liberal permutation of big-brother government education. The Federalist has the details: ESSA does nothing to protect students and parents from further federal mining of personal data. Through its regulatory powers, the Obama administration already has gutted federal student and family privacy protections, notes the APP analysis. Coupled with the ramping-up of psychosocial assessment, the prospects ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/13/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. The Senate returns Monday, with the first vote late on Monday afternoon, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up and passed two bills under Suspension, both by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House planned a simple day – eight bills to be passed under Suspension. The Democrats had other plans. Determined to shift attention from ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/06/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will stay in session through Thursday, possibly Friday. The Senate also returns Monday, with the first vote on Monday afternoon, and will likely stay in session through Thursday and possibly Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday, the House returned and voted on nine different bills under Suspension of the Rules. Six of them passed by voice vote, and the other three passed by more than the 2/3 majority required for passage under Suspension. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 4127, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2016, which is similar to, but has some additions to, what ...

Tea Party Patriots “Cautiously Optimistic” About Senate Reconciliation Bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today regarding the latest developments in Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal much of Obamacare in the reconciliation bill: “Given the latest reports about the reconciliation bill we are cautiously optimistic. Indications the Senate Republicans are willing to repeal much more of Obamacare than previously thought are encouraging. While we still must see the final legislation the Senate will bring to the floor for a vote, if the reports are true and the Senate intends to repeal as much of Obamacare as the rules will allow, it is a step in the right direct...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/29/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate also returns Monday, with the first vote on Monday afternoon, and will likely stay in session through Thursday. EARLIER THIS MONTH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Before leaving Washington for the Thanksgiving recess, the House on Thursday, November 19 passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. For my fellow acronym buffs, you heard that right – that’s the “American SAFE Act.” The bill passed by a vote of 289-137, with two Republicans and six Democrats not voting. Only two Republicans voted against it, while 47 ...