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Senator Lankford releases second “Federal Fumbles” report

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently released his second edition of “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” documenting wasteful government spending of the last few years. “The book highlights irresponsible grants, similar or even identical programs that exist across multiple federal agencies, and money spent inefficiently. For many of the entries, you will find legislative solutions to eliminate wasteful spending and force agencies to make more responsible decisions,” writes Sen. Lankford. U.S. national debt will round $19.5 trillion by the end of December and will reach $22 trillion within the decade, projects ...

The doctor is in the house! Get to know Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Trump’s pick for HHS secretary

Who better to give recommendations on retooling health-insurance policy in America than a physician? Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who President-elect Trump officially nominated Tuesday to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has a slew of proposed market-based solutions for our health-insurance woes, including individual tax relief intended to empower Americans to purchase health insurance that isn’t under government control. The Daily Signal has the commentary: Price has also proposed the creation of independent health insurance pools for more affordable coverage in the individual and small group markets, and also a change in the law ...

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 ...

President-elect Trump Promises to Take Actions Aimed at Cleaning Up Washington, DC on Day One

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement reacting to President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks on his plan for action on his first day in the White House. “Tea Party Patriots is excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work with President-elect Donald Trump and his administration as they begin the huge task of draining the swamp and ending the party the Washington Establishment has thrown themselves for years with our hard-earned tax dollars. President-elect Trump has promised on day one to take serious actions that will begin the process of cleaning up Washington and reversing ...

‘Other’ spending is expanding the national debt by trillions

Think you understand the size and scope of the national debt? It’s growing much more quickly than you think thanks to the many ways the government borrows money, according to an analysis from the Washington Examiner. While most people assume the national debt grows each year because of the budget deficit, that’s not the only way that national debt expands. In the last 10 years, the national debt has actually expanded past the collective sum of adding every year's budget deficit together … by more than $3 trillion. That difference comes from two main things: Decisions related to federal lending (e.g., student loans, mortgage progra...

Policy expert: President Obama planning ‘backdoor attempt’ to bail out insurers

President Obama is working on using a special fund to bail out insurers who claim they lost money on the Obamacare exchanges – a plan that bypasses the consent of Congress. National Review has the commentary: If it successfully executes this plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will have circumvented Congress to secure a taxpayer bailout for insurers — directly contradicting Congress’s intentions as expressed by multiple spending bills, and possibly violating federal law. Currently, insurers are suing HHS for more than $2.5 billion promised them under ACA’s “risk corridor” program, which was designed to ...

Iran-deal opponent U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo accepts Trump’s offer to head CIA

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) Friday accepted President-elect Donald J. Trump’s request the West Point graduate head up the Central Intelligence Agency under the new administration, Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland tweeted this morning. Trump has offered position of CIA director to US Rep Mike Pompeo and Pompeo has accepted -transition official — Steve Holland (@steveholland1) November 18, 2016 Rep. Pompeo’s time in office, including his service on the Energy and Commerce and House Intelligence committees, has been marked by strong opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as well as, according to his bio, ...

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 ...

Report: Trump considering Ted Cruz for attorney general

President-elect Donald J. Trump is thinking about appointing his former primary challenger, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to the position of U.S. attorney general, reports say. The Washington Times has the details: President-elect Donald Trump is considering former rival Sen. Ted Cruz for U.S. attorney general, according to reports. Mr. Trump met Tuesday with Mr. Cruz, a Harvard Law School graduate who previously served as associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department. The possibility of putting Mr. Cruz in charge of the Justice Department came up as another possible pick for attorney general, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, ...

IRS denies tea partyers’ longtime requests for tax-exempt status

The IRS has denied tax-exempt status to two tea-party groups, including an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based tea-party group that for seven years was waiting on an answer from the tax-collection agency. The Washington Times has the story: The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn’t doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week. The applicants will have a chance to appeal, but the denials aren’t sitting well with the groups, ...