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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 06/28/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both in recess for the 4th of July break, and will not return until a week from Monday. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 15. The Members dealt with seven non-controversial bills under the Suspension Calendar and renamed several U.S. Postal Service buildings. Meanwhile, the real action on Monday was taking place in the Rules Committee, where House GOP Leaders were working to buy themselves some time. As you may recall from our last conversation, the House had passed the TPA bill, but had failed to pass the accompanying TAA bill, and that left the ...

Tea Party Patriots Denounce SCOTUS Ruling in King v. Burwell

Atlanta, Ga. – Just now, in a 6 - 3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the federal government’s right to provide subsidies in states that did not set up their own exchanges, despite the clear language of the law. Under Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the federal government is only permitted to provide subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance from “an exchange established by the states.” However, the IRS has been acting in defiance of the law, providing subsidies and imposing taxes that were never authorized by Congress in states that did not establish their own exchanges. As Justice Scalia stated during oral ...

Income Inequality, Beltway Style

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help The Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad. It was a great house to raise a family – a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing ...

Tea Partiers Rally Nationwide to Demand the End of Congress’ Obamacare Exemption

Atlanta, Ga. – Tomorrow at Noon, Tea Party Patriots across the country will converge upon their Senators' and Representatives' local offices to demand that they abide by the laws they force on the American people. Under Section 1312 (D) of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Members of Congress and their staff can no longer obtain health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). They also lost a generous FEHBP subsidy ($5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for the family plan). But, rather than lose the benefit as they originally wrote into law, Congress has re-classified itself as a “small business” – an absurd ...

Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

Tea Party Patriots attorney testifies before Congress

Tuesday afternoon Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Tea Party Patriots, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The topic of the Committee hearing was “Ensuring transparency through the Freedom of Information Act”. Unfortunately, in Tea Party Patriots’ experience, federal agencies have been anything but transparent. In her testimony, Ms. Mitchell outlined Tea Party Patriots’ experience with a federal government that is unresponsive, uncoordinated, and as Ms. Mitchell put it, “has evidenced a pattern of stealth and arrogant disregard for the statutory rights of the American people to know what their government is ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, June 3

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Patriot Act Renewal: Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Proceed “…Conservative groups are arguing against McConnell’s amendments, and that could augur trouble in the House. So far, the USA Freedom Act has enjoyed unusual support from both tea party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. “We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill,” Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, we will be forced to ...

Tea Party Patriots: “Liberty 2, McConnell 0″

Tea Party Defeats Sen. McConnell for Second Time This Week Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin and the American people declared victory this afternoon, after the Senate rejected Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempts to weaken and, ultimately, defeat the USA FREEDOM Act as passed by the House. After rejecting the Majority Leader's desire to renew the PATRIOT Act earlier this week, today's Senate action to maintain the USA FREEDOM Act in its original form was icing on the cake. "The American people have spoken: Security and freedom do NOT have to be mutually exclusive" said Martin.  “Bless his heart,” she continued, ...

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 ...