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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/24/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess for the Fourth of July break, and will not return until Tuesday, July 5. The Senate will be back at work on Monday, June 27. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 13. They took up seven bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 14, the House took up two bills under Rules – including H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, offered by Rep. Peter Roskam of IL. That bill passed by a vote of 240-182, with but one Republican – Chris Gibson, of New York’s 19th congressional district – voting against it. So, no soup ...

Call to thank your senators for giving us a voice in the direction of the Supreme Court!

President Obama is trying to bully the Senate into confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court as part of his plan to stack the Court with a liberal majority that will undermine our most cherished rights. Merrick Garland would be the fifth vote on the Supreme Court to gut our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and empower unaccountable bureaucrats at agencies like the IRS and EPA – he must be stopped! Even the liberal New York Times admits a Supreme Court with Merrick Garland would be “the most liberal in decades.” Fortunately, Senate Republicans, led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are holding firm and ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/20/16

  CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will be in session through Wednesday. Then they’ll break for the Easter recess, and will not return until Tuesday, April 12. The Senate is now in recess for the Easter break, and won’t come back into session until Monday, April 4. I apologize for my error last week, when I said the Senate wouldn’t be coming back until April 12.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday, taking up 14 bills on the Suspension Calendar. We discussed two of these bills briefly last week – H. Con. Res. 121, expressing the sense of Congress “condemning the gross ...

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 Weekly Report from Washington for 10/25/15

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, October 26, with the first votes set for 6:30 PM. The House is currently scheduled to stay in session through Thursday, October 29, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM, but may stay later if legislative priorities demand it. The Senate will return on Monday, October 26. The Senate will stay in session through Friday, October 30. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday of last week, and started its week by taking up six bills under Suspension. The fun one – which, sadly, will likely never see the light of day in the Senate – was H.R. 1315, offered by Rep. Luke ...

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Ex-Im Re-Authorization

Today, Nancy Pelosi is working hard to bring back another wasteful and corrupt government program that uses our tax dollars to line the pockets of some of the world’s largest corporations. Call now and tell these Congressmen NOT to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). A vote on reauthorization is expected today, so act fast! That’s right! While everyone has been distracted by the race for Speaker of the House, some Members of Congress have been trying to revive this wasteful government program. The Ex-Im Bank sends billions of our tax dollars to countries that violate human rights and undermine democracy – using our hard earned ...

You Won’t Believe What Happened in GOP Conference Last Night

As you've probably heard from media reports by now, last night Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech to his colleagues in the Republican Conference meeting that he would accept the job of Speaker of the House as long as he could be a unifying force AND as long as the 3 major factions in the House got behind him. Oh, and there's one other thing. He wants the Republican Conference to change the rules of the House to remove the power of Members to issue a motion to vacate the chair - which you'll recall is the mechanism that Mark Meadows of North Carolina used to ultimately force John Boehner to step down. So Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker as long as he can ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 09/20/15

CALENDAR: The House is out of session Monday through Wednesday, then will return Thursday for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive Pope Francis. Then they will stay in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled until Tuesday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week – they were out for Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday, and didn’t come back into session until Wednesday. That day was spent on bills brought up under Suspension of the Rules. Ten of them passed by voice vote, and two of them passed by roll call votes with more than ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 14

HEALTHCARE: Conservative groups renew pressure on 'ObamaCare exemption' “A coalition of conservative groups want to make sure Congressional Republicans don't let up on the fight to eliminate what they call D.C.’s exemption from ObamaCare. Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth are among a half-dozen groups that have joined a campaign called the “No D.C. Exemption,” according to a release shared first with The Hill. The effort is spearheaded by the right-leaning organization, the U.S. Health Freedom Caucus. The groups are looking to drive up support for a two-year-long investigation into how members of Congress pay for ObamaCare, ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 13

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP SENATORS’ PRO-CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION FROM OBAMACARE CRUSADE DRAWS SCORN – FROM AMERICA (Jenny Beth Op-Ed) “Pity poor Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)40% And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)45% And Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)14% , Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)32%, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)42% , Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)58%, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)51%, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)49% , and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% , and at least three other GOP Senators too timid to allow a reporter to quote them by name as they disparaged a fellow Republican. Bless their hearts, they apparently haven’t had time to read a law that was enacted more than five years ...