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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/19/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the Presidents Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday evening, the House came back into session and passed both H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Act. The bill would commission a survey of the gradient boundary along the Red River in TX and OK. On Wednesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/12/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for approximately 7 PM. The Senate will be in session until Friday. At that point, both House and Senate will start the Presidents’ Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week so the Democrats ...

Wife of wounded warrior meets with President Trump, proposes ‘real solutions’ for VA

Tiffany Smiley, wife of an injured Iraq-war veteran, Tuesday met with President Donald J. Trump to share her and her husband’s experience navigating Veterans Affairs and to give her own suggestions on ways to improve the floundering department. “Today I had the absolute honor of sharing our story with President Donald J. Trump. I was able to explain the difficult journey we had with the VA and propose practical and real solutions to bring change to the broken VA system,” Ms. Smiley says in a recent Facebook post. West Point graduate and Army Ranger Lt. Scotty Smiley – “the Army’s first blind active-duty officer, according to Milita...

Texas restaurateur closing sports bars because of Obamacare, says mandate ‘makes no sense’

The owners of a Fort Worth, Texas sports bar are closing their doors after five years in business, citing the burden of complying with Obamacare regulations as the straw that broke the camel’s back. “If we were to stay in business, there was no way for us to have borne the weight of the oppressive penalties for failing to comply with the mandates of that legislature. Therefore, another establishment goes out of business. Over fifty people lose their jobs. Suppliers and vendors lose the revenue of our account,” reads a statement from owners Bill and Johnnie Katz posted to Facebook Monday. The so-called Affordable Care Act requires ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/18/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Tuesday, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in town through Friday, with no votes after 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM on a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to H.R. 5325, the House-passed Legislative Branch appropriations bill that will serve as the vehicle for the FY17 Continuing Resolution. And they’ll stick around just long enough to get that bill passed. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 3590, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, ...

Taxes, Spending, and Tax Credits Out of Control under Kurt Schaefer


Photo Of Teary-Eyed Haitian Immigrant Graduating From West Point Goes Viral For All The Right Reasons

Army Second Lieutenant Alix Schoelcher Idrache awoke Tuesday to find an image of him during his West Point graduation Saturday making the rounds on social media after the photo, taken by Army Staff Sergeant photographer Vito T. Bryant, was posted to the U.S. Military Academy Facebook page early Tuesday morning. Carbonated.TV has the scoop: “I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments,” Idrache wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country ...

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 3/13/16

CALENDAR:  The House returns Monday, and will be in session through Thursday. The Senate will be in session on Monday, and will stay in through the rest of the week. At the end of the week, the Senate will recess for the Easter break, and won’t come back into session until Tuesday, April 12.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House was in recess last week.   THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House will return Monday, and kick off its week with votes on 14 bills to be considered under Suspension of the Rules. Two of those bills deal with the crisis in Syria – the first, H.Con.Res. 121, would express the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/06/16

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/06/16 CALENDAR: The House is in recess, and will return on Monday, March 14. The Senate will be in session on Monday, and will stay in through the rest of the week.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House got to work on Tuesday, with votes on 12 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 3716, Ensuring Terminated Providers Are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP Act, offered by Rep. Larry Bucshon of IN, which would require states and Medicaid managed care plans to report to the Secretary of HHS the identifying information for ...