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Washington Times: House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner

House Republicans effectively ended the effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his involvement in the agency scandal that unfairly targeted a specific group of Americans for their political beliefs by rejecting or slow-rolling tax-exempt-status applications. The Washington Times has the story: Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year. It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen ...

Texas restaurateur closing sports bars because of Obamacare, says mandate ‘makes no sense’

The owners of a Fort Worth, Texas sports bar are closing their doors after five years in business, citing the burden of complying with Obamacare regulations as the straw that broke the camel’s back. “If we were to stay in business, there was no way for us to have borne the weight of the oppressive penalties for failing to comply with the mandates of that legislature. Therefore, another establishment goes out of business. Over fifty people lose their jobs. Suppliers and vendors lose the revenue of our account,” reads a statement from owners Bill and Johnnie Katz posted to Facebook Monday. The so-called Affordable Care Act requires ...

Rep. Hudson gearing up to introduce nationwide concealed-carry legislation

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) is preparing to introduce on the House floor nationwide concealed-carry legislation after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office in January. The Daily Caller has the exclusive: Now known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, the bill, which The Daily Caller obtained exclusively, would allow a person with a concealed carry license from one state to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that permits its resident to concealed carry, as long as the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm under federal law. The bill excludes carrying “a machine gun or destructive ...

DHS inspector general report: Immigration Services issued thousands of erroneous, duplicate green cards

  Authorities at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent out 19,000 green cards that were duplicates and that contained inaccurate information that may have allowed some to overstay their approved time in the U.S., according to a report out of the Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office. Washington Free Beacon has the details: During the same period, more than 200,000 green card holders reported their cards missing and an increasing number of cards were sent to incorrect addresses, posing a risk to national security. Problems at USCIS have been increasing over the past three years. The bureau has been deemed ...

Martin: Rep. Price Will Fight to Repeal Obamacare

Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to the news that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Tom Price is an outstanding choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; he knows the true pain Obamacare has caused and is 100 percent for repeal.  He stood with me the Saturday before Obamacare passed the House watching the crowd of over 50,000 people. He saw their passion and anger that weekend and he has heard from constituents, physicians, and fellow Americans around the country ...

All of America’s top Democrats voted for a wall in 2006

Democrats already rebelling against President-elect Donald Trump’s promised wall should look at recent history. In 2006, President George W. Bush signed a proposal into law that ordered the Department of Homeland Security to construct around 700 miles of fencing along the southern border. The Daily Caller reported: Two-thirds of the Republican-led House approved the bill, including 64 Democrats, and 80 of 100 senators approved the bill in the Senate. Then Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were among the 26 Democrats who approved the bill. Supporters also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is set to take over leadership of ...

The future of Obamacare ‘insurer bailouts’ is not looking good

President-elect Donald Trump is bad news for insurance companies who hope that Congress will bail them out with changes to two Obamacare programs. The programs sunset at the end of this year, but conservatives are staying vigilant against the possibility that Congress will try to use the lame-duck session to give insurers more money. Insurance companies have spent millions lobbying lawmakers to keep the risk corridor and reinsurance programs. The Daily Signal reported: Conservative groups like Freedom Partners and Republican lawmakers have cautioned that the Justice Department could attempt to settle with insurance companies and tap into ...

Sanctuary-city mayors nationwide renew calls to rebel against federal-immigration laws

Mayors across the country – from San Francisco to New York City – say they will continue to shield criminal illegal immigrants from federal immigration laws despite calls from President-elect Donald J. Trump for local law-enforcement authorities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Bloomberg has the story: Municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation stand to lose billions in federal aid if President-elect Donald Trump fulfills promises to starve them financially. More than 200 U.S. ‘sanctuary cities’ won’t turn over people to federal officers seeking to deport them nor share information about ...

Tea Party Patriots: Undoing House Earmark Ban “Show of Callous Cynicism and Hypocrisy”

Reacting to reports that Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Tom Rooney of Florida are pushing a proposal to undo the House ban on earmarks, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement: "Any Member of Congress who votes to bring back old-school, back-room, pork-barrel spending through earmarks is putting him or herself firmly against the American people who just elected Donald Trump president, as he campaigned emphatically on the issue of draining the swamp in Washington. Did they learn nothing at all from these elections? People are tired of ...

Trump eyes the border, healthcare, jobs

President-elect Donald Trump Thursday after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) laid out his priorities upon inauguration. The Washington Examiner has the story: "We're going to look very strongly at immigration ... the border," he told reporters in the Senate when asked to name the top issues he wants to tackle. "We'll look very strongly at healthcare, and jobs, big league jobs." … Trump made immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, and has promised repeatedly to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants. Some of his aides have walked that promise back and said it implies a tougher overall stance on immigratio...