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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says Congressional pay shows “dignity of the job”

Last Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared cutting pay for Members of Congress doesn’t “respect” what Congress does, nor does it give “dignity” to the job they do: "I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing for ways to absorb ...

Representative Royce (R, Ca) and colleagues are trying to say NO TO BONUSES FOR FREDDIE AND FANNIE EXECS, but could use some help.

Representative Edward Royce (40th Congressional District) expressed his outrage at bonuses for Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mac’s management, after both organizations appealed for billions from the government to cover operating losses. Incensed at this (effectively) taxpayer financed bonus program, he co-sponsored legislation that will prohibit these bonuses being paid. On November 4th, Rep. Royce, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, said the following,”It appears the era of heads we win, tails the taxpayers lose isn’t over at Fannie and Freddie. At a time when all Americans are tightening their belts, it is disturbing that these ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 5, 2015

News Briefing for Thursday, March 5 TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obamacare protests resemble campaign rallies (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “If the scene outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday resembled dueling campaign rallies — and it did — that was because many people's views on the hotly contested Obamacare case being argued inside fall along partisan lines. On one side were workers for conservative and free-market groups who were trying to outshout those on the other side from union and health care advocacy groups who, at one point, tried to sing over the pointed rhetoric coming from "Tea Party Patriots" and others…” http://www.usatoday.c...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Administration prepares for court showdown over Obamacare subsidies (Quote by Kevin Broughton) Argues law, negative outcomes if offsets reversed “Conservatives like Kevin Broughton, a spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots, said the administration and its Democratic allies have no one to blame but themselves after muscling their overhaul through Congress in 2010. “There has to be a presumption,” he said, “that the words in a statute mean what they say.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/2/obama-administration-prepares-for-court-showdown-o/     HEALTHCARE: Dems call for open ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 2, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: “DONALD TRUMP SLAMS LIBERALS IN ‘DISHONEST PRESS’: ‘I’M GOING TO START NAMING NAMES’ “Real estate magnate and reality television star Donald Trump shredded liberals in the media who are “dishonest” on a conference call with grassroots activists nationwide from Tea Party Patriots on Sunday night, saying he’s planning to start calling out specific reporters for their inaccurate articles. “One of the things that the Tea Party has to be careful of is the dishonest press,” Trump said on the call, which is closed to media but Breitbart News was providing exclusive access to it. It’s so dishonest. They ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Senate Dems block GOP effort to tie DHS funding to Obama immigration actions “The Tea Party Patriots group is suggesting that Senate Republicans are backing down because they fear Americans will blame them for a partial DHS shutdown. “Senate Republicans are about to cave in to President Obama,” the group said Monday. “It’s time … to ratchet up the pressure on wobbly Senators.” A federal district court judge in Texas last week temporarily blocked the administration's plans to carry out an executive action that protects millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/02/24/t...

News Briefing for Monday, February 23, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: A rare sighting: Republican presidential prospects come to California (TPP-sponsored event) ”California could become the kingmaker on the Republican side in June of 2016, and the people here are going to remember who came and asked for their vote instead of treating the state like an ATM,” said John Berry, statewide co-coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots group. Although Berry acknowledged that the chance of California going Republican in a general election is “a long shot,” he said conservative groups were working to influence elections large and small. The Unite Inland Empire coalition that sponsored the conserv...

News Briefing for February 21, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Money running out for Homeland Security Dept. (Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Kevin Broughton, communications director for the Tea Party Patriots, said it was time for Republicans to make good on campaign vows to address Obama’s executive actions. “The point is that Republicans last fall went hard against executive amnesty ...,” he said. “Now is not the time to lose your nerve.” With the fate of the DHS funding bill uncertain, the agency is preparing for a possible partial shutdown. DHS officials said 30,000 employees – about 15 percent of its workforce – might be furloughed. That group would include 5,500 of the ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 20th, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Co-Ops: A Bigger Scandal Than Solyndra? “The decline and bankruptcy of insurance co-ops conceived by Obamacare is being trumpeted as another emblem of the law’s many failures. But the fiasco speaks to a much more parochial flaw that animates progressive PGR -0.15% views on healthcare. The co-ops aren’t dying only because they were hastily constructed, or poorly managed. Their disaster is far more willful and deliberate. They meant to lose money. Last year, the co-ops made a big bet. While private plans were raising their premiums for the second year of Obamacare, the co-ops proposed sharp cuts. Liberal policy makers ...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 19, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obama delays action on aliens after ruling (Quote by Jenny Beth) “Jenny Beth Martin, a founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement that the ruling "points out the lawless, overreaching nature of President Obama's actions." http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/feb/18/obama-delays-action-on-aliens-after-rul/   Courts unlikely to defuse immigration stalemate in Congress http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Courts-unlikely-to-defuse-immigration-stalemate-6086053.php     HEALTHCARE: How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times ...