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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/17/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week. They’ll come back to work on Monday, January 25. The Senate will be in recess on Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday. The Senate will return to work on Tuesday, January 19. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday, taking up and passing eight different bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, they took up and passed another bill on the Suspension Calendar – H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act we discussed last week. That bill passed by a vote of 418-2. Also on Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 1644, the ...

McCarthy = Boehner 2.0

Call your Member of Congress today and tell him or her not to vote for Kevin McCarthy for Speaker. Here's why. Find your Representative and Call Now! Today on Capitol Hill, lobbyists from K Street are doing everything they can to shore up the votes for California Congressman Kevin McCarthy so that their favor on the Hill doesn't diminish as Boehner prepares to exit stage left. McCarthy, who appeared on Hannity on Fox News Tuesday night, did everything he could to try to convince the American people that his leadership will be different than Boehner's. However, as Hannity continued to push him on whether or not he would use Congress' ...

Tea Party Patriots Announce New Board Members

Veterans of Conservative Movement to Join National Tea Party Group ATLANTA, GA –Tea Party Patriots co-founder and CEO Jenny Beth Martin today announced the election of two new members to the Tea Party Patriots Board of Directors. Mr. Bill Walton will be joining as the board’s Chairman. Mr. Walton comes to Tea Party Patriots with both a background in private equity, and extensive experience serving on the boards of conservative organizations. Mrs. Ellene Busby will also be filling a seat on the Board, and will bring more than 40 years of accounting and small business experience to the Board of Directors. Mrs. Busby has been involved with ...

Tea Party Patriots Announce New Board Members

ATLANTA, GA –Tea Party Patriots co-founder and CEO Jenny Beth Martin today announced the election of two new members to the Tea Party Patriots Board of Directors. Mr. Bill Walton will be joining as the board’s Chairman. Mr. Walton comes to Tea Party Patriots with both a background in private equity, and extensive experience serving on the boards of conservative organizations. Mrs. Ellene Busby will also be filling a seat on the Board, and will bring more than 40 years of accounting and small business experience to the Board of Directors. Mrs. Busby has been involved with the Tea Party movement at the local level since its inception. “On ...

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 Monday, June 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Oklahoma's U.S. senators support extending surveillance programs to allow more time for debate “Ahead of a rare Sunday night session in the U.S. Senate, top leaders of the American Civil Liberities Union and the Tea Party Patriots said Friday the law allowing the collection of bulk telephone data should be allowed to expire this weekend. Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots, told reporters that the collection of so-called “metadata” regarding Americans’ telephone calls sounded harmless until one considered how much tracking of locations and movement it allowed. “It is violating our freedom and the Bill ...

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 Monday, May 25

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Far left, far right unite on some issues in Congress “…Just last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots joined forces in a media blitz aimed at forcing Congress to reject a reauthorization of the NSA bulk data collection program. On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went to the Senate floor to rail against the NSA in a filibuster-style speech. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, joined him with a speech of his own. “Given the overwhelming evidence that the current bulk collection program is not only unnecessary but also illegal, we’ve reached a critical turning ...