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Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...

Trump administration announces ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to overhaul tax code

The White House Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated plans for an overhaul of our tax system that would simplify the tax code and cuts rates for people and businesses. The Washington Times has the story: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” said Gary Cohn, director of the president’s National Economic Council, who presented the plan to reporters at the White House. He said the president was ready to go to the mat to get tax reform enacted... The proposal he outlined would eliminate every tax deduction except those that are most popular among middle-class families — those for home mortgage intere...

Rep. Lamar Smith demanding DOJ prosecute Hillary Clinton’s private server team over stonewalling

Lawmakers are crying "Foul!" — and rightfully so — over the internet company Hillary Clinton hired to run her private, off-the-books email server, as the company has been giving congressional investigators the runaround for more than a year — something prompting leading lawmakers to take the case to President Trump's Justice Department for prosecution. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in provid...

Jenny Beth Martin: Trump administration takes ‘its boldest step yet’ with tax-cut plan

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column says President Donald J. Trump's recently released tax-cut plan is his administration's 'boldest step yet' as it will grease the wheels on what has for years been an otherwise sluggish economy. The Hill has the commentary: Wednesday, the Trump administration delivered a two-fer: On the one hand, it took its boldest step yet in its quest to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C., while on the other hand it played its strongest card in its effort to jump-start the kind of economic boom that would extend the benefits of the anemic Obama “recovery” beyond the bicoastal elites ...

President Trump’s labor nominee clears latest confirmation hurdle

President Donald J. Trump's labor-secretary nominee Alexander Acosta made it over the latest hurdle in his confirmation battle and will likely face an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor later this week. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The Senate voted 61-39 to advance Acosta to a vote expected for Friday. Acosta was confirmed easily to three prior positions in the federal government, including a brief stint at the National Labor Relations Board. His nomination for labor secretary has garnered more opposition from Democrats, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) pledged to block President Donald Trump's cabinet appoint...

Former Justice Thomas clerk: President Trump’s Gorsuch appointment a ‘landmark’ accomplishment

Carrie Severino, former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, in her latest column for National Review says one of President Donald J. Trump’s biggest accomplishments during his first 100 days in the Oval Office is the appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Read the commentary below: Assessments of a president’s first hundred days are largely a meaningless metric invented by story-hungry media. But in this case, President Trump has been able to rack up such a significant accomplishment in this short time that we can already be confident it will be remembered as one of the ...

President Trump to issue high-tech green cards designed to reduce fraud

The White House Wednesday announced it will soon start issuing a new, re-tooled green card designed to weed out immigration fraud. The Washington Examiner has the story: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it would start issuing the new cards on May 1, and that the cards would use "enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features." "The new card designs demonstrate USCIS' commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud," USCIS said. "They are also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ...

President Trump slashes regulations, creating $60 billion in savings: report

President Donald J. Trump working alongside Congress has reversed burdensome President Obama-era regulations – an action one organization projects will save taxpayers more than $60 billion. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations. The report found the recent repeal and delay of regulations could lead to $86 billion in net fiscal effects for taxpayers from deregulation. "Congress has already passed 13 CRA resolutions, repealing ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Spending bill should appease President Trump, NOT Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer

Senate Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer are putting up a fight when it comes to including financing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border in the spending bill that needs to be voted on in the next two weeks if the government is going to keep operating, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. Establishment politicians, Rep. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seem all-too-willing to back down even though President Trump’s popularity and election derives in large part from Americans’ widespread support of tough immigration policies meant to put Americans first, drive down violent ...

Tea Party Patriots Praises President Trump, Senate Republicans for Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Atlanta, GA -- Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next United States Supreme Court Justice. “This is an outstanding achievement for President Trump and Senate Republicans, who overcame the Democrats’ gridlock strategy and confirmed Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. With this confirmation vote, the torch has been passed from the late Justice Antonin Scalia to an exceptionally well-qualified jurist in Judge Gorsuch. We welcome his addition to the court and look forward with confidence to his upholding and honoring the ...