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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/15/17

CALENDAR: The House is out of session this week. The House will return on Monday, January 23, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, January 17, with the first vote of the day to be held at approximately 4:45 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday, and began its week by taking up and passing under Suspension of the Rules H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, by a vote of 405-28. Then the House took up and passed H.R. 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, by a vote of 404-29. On Tuesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/8/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes to be held before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House met at noon for the first session of the 115th Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan was elected for his first full term in office, with only one Republican – Thomas Massie of KY – casting a vote for someone else, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of FL. Interestingly, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lost more votes among her House Democrat colleagues – ...

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Concerned Women for America president: Sessions as attorney general will stand ‘for women, children, for families’

Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance in a recent column calls for the “swift” confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney-general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), as he will be “for women, for children, for families — for all Americans.” USA Today has the commentary: His nomination is great news for those of us who love justice and truth and who are tired of the political calculations that have plagued the DOJ under the Obama administration. Sessions will be on the side of the people as the next attorney general. He will be for women, for children, for families — for all Americans. That is a welcomed ...

Washington Examiner: President Obama planning flurry of costly “midnight regulations”

President Obama before he leaves office is ensuring more of Americans’ hard-earned money leaves with him as he puts into effect so-called midnight regulations projected to cost $6 billion. The Washington Examiner has the details: The new regulations, according to the watchdog group American Action Forum, include four from the Environmental Protection Agency and one from Interior. "These five measures alone could impose $5.1 billion in costs and more than 350,000 paperwork burden hours. In addition, three other rules in proposed form could add $898 million in burdens and 146,000 paperwork hours, for a cumulative total of nearly $6 billion in ...

Notre Dame head coach reunites point guard with his deployed brother

Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell received an early gift Monday when his brother, 1st Lieutenant Bo Farrell, returned home from Afghanistan two months ahead of schedule and to the jubilation of the Farrell family. “Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and his staff had been quietly planning the reunion since Bo was deployed in May,” reports TODAY. Matt Farrell, a junior from Bridgewater, N.J., has been a key player for Notre Dame, seeing action in 28 games during his sophomore season, according to the University of Notre Dame website. “Matt is going to be such a key guy for us. He stayed confident through the summer and embraced the ...

California lawmakers pushing waiver application that would allow illegal immigrants to purchase Obamacare

State lawmakers in California are scrambling to get approval on a waiver that would permit illegal immigrants in California to purchase Obamacare health insurance. The Washington Times has the story: California first made its request, known as a “1332 waiver,” earlier this year. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent the application back as incomplete in mid-November. [Democrat State Sen. Ricardo] Lara said they resubmitted their proposal last week and are hoping for a final expedited review before Mr. Trump, who has taken a harder stance on illegal immigrants, takes office. Authored by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/11/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both done, and the 114th Congress is in the history books. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House returned for action on Monday, and moved to take up 27 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, there were 21 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, there were 16 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus decided to try one last effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. About ten days earlier, according to various reports, Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan had reached out to Speaker Ryan and offered an olive branch, in the form of an offer ...

Washington Times: House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner

House Republicans effectively ended the effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his involvement in the agency scandal that unfairly targeted a specific group of Americans for their political beliefs by rejecting or slow-rolling tax-exempt-status applications. The Washington Times has the story: Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year. It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen ...