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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 ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/25/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in town through whenever they get their work done – which means, whenever they pass a Continuing Resolution. The Senate will come back on Monday and return to consideration of H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the FY17 Continuing Resolution, but the first vote will not be until 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, after the two parties’ weekly lunches. The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill, which is another way of saying the first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the C.R. ...

States suing Obama administration: Executive amnesty would impose costly burdens

President Obama last year unveiled plans to shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, an executive action on hold for a final ruling from the Supreme Court after a federal judge ruled 26 states have legitimate objections to the president’s executive-amnesty plans. The Hill has the inside story: Some legal experts argue the administration will have the upper hand because the high court has traditionally given wide latitude to the Executive Branch when it comes to immigration law. “This is an area where it is clearly the prerogative of the federal government to set immigration policy and the executive in particular to ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, June 2

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: End the NSA dragnet (Op-ed) http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/06/01/end-nsa-dragnet/28276189/ HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Double-Digit Rate Hikes For 2016 Disclosed “After two years of relatively stable premiums across the country, rates will jump in 2016 by double-digit percentages for individual policy purchasers on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in practically every state, according to the first glimpse of proposed costs for next year released by the Obama administration. The rate increases aren’t a huge surprise as health insurers across the country in recent weeks have been disclosing ...

News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP Praises Court Halting Amnesty: 'Impatient Presidents Don't Get to Change the Law'  “…Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, declared, "on to the Supreme Court." "The U.S. Constitution vests the Congress with authority over immigration and naturalization. And as U.S. District Judge Hanen pointed out, President Obama simply treated Congress — and Article 2 — as if they didn’t exist.  "We are a Constitutional Republic, not a banana republic," Martin added. "Our Constitution, with its three co-equal branches, is the roadmap for the governing process. "As much as this would-be imperial president ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...