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Bill demands stronger protections for VA whistleblowers

Congressional plans to encourage Veterans Affairs employees to speak out against departmental abuses like waste and negligence – and shield such whistleblowers from retaliation – may soon be put to a vote. Stars and Stripes has the story: A long-stalled plan in Congress to strengthen protections for Veterans Affairs Department employees who disclose waste and misconduct – and to punish officials who retaliate against them – is poised to hitch a ride to enactment this week on the high-priority measure to head off a partial government shutdown… While the measure would continue funding most government operations only through Dec. 9, the ...

Tea Party Patriots: Obama Abusing His Authority to Bail Out Insurers’ Obamacare Losses

Tea Party Patriots: Obama Abusing His Authority to Bail Out Insurers’ Obamacare Losses Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to reports the Obama Administration is planning to ignore Congress and use an obscure Treasury fund to bail out insurance companies losing money by participating in Obamacare. “Obama and his henchmen are, once again, engaged in a desperate attempt to prop up the collapsing disaster that is Obamacare.  Once again Obama is abusing his authority and completely going around Congress to bail out insurers stiffed by Obamacare, despite the ...

White House says it would veto bill exempting those from Obamacare penalty who lost coverage (through no fault of their own!)

This is a prime example of why Americans are fed up with President Obama and his horrendous signature health-insurance law … because, even if people register for government-run health insurance and their co-op fails leaving them uncovered, President Obama still expects them to pay a penalty for not having Obamacare. What a farce! The Washington Examiner has the scoop: The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would veto a House bill that would exempt people from penalties if they purchased health insurance through Obamacare co-ops, and then lost their plan because the co-op failed. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., ...

BlueCross pulling out of Obamcare exchanges in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville

Health insurer BlueCross Blueshield of Tennessee, also known as the “Volunteer State,” is not so eager any more to volunteer itself on a number of Tennessee Obamacare exchanges. The Commercial Appeal has the details: The insurer made “an extremely difficult but necessary decision” to leave the state’s three largest metro areas as it tries to manage its number of members to hit a break-even point amid three years of losses, said Roy Vaughn, chief communications officer of BCBST. “It’s not something we want to do but we believe we must look out for the health care and financial security for all the members that we serve,” Vaughn ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/25/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. They are scheduled to stay in town through whenever they get their work done – which means, whenever they pass a Continuing Resolution. The Senate will come back on Monday and return to consideration of H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the FY17 Continuing Resolution, but the first vote will not be until 2:15 Tuesday afternoon, after the two parties’ weekly lunches. The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill, which is another way of saying the first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on the C.R. ...

Senators seeking answers in case of vet who allegedly committed suicide while on VA waiting list

 U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Tuesday requested an investigation into a report an Army veteran committed suicide when he was awaiting care for post-traumatic-stress disorder from those at a Veterans Affairs office in Colorado Springs, Colo. The department will work with the inspector general and the senators to determine what happened, agency spokesman Paul Sherbo said. The senators did not identify the soldier who killed himself but said he was 26 and had served as an Army Ranger. Gardner said he wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2014 scandal over long wait times that veterans endured to get health care, and ...

President Obama: Regulator in chief

President Obama in his almost eight years in office has upped the number of major regulations 31 percent over his predecessor George W. Bush adding more than $750 billion in overall costs to business and citizens and nearly 500 million more hours of paperwork, according to recent analysis. The Washington Examiner has the details: Businesses and conservative politicians have complained that the overwhelming burden of new federal regulations, especially in the health and financial world, has led to massive job cuts and bankruptcies. But the administration shows no sign of slowing down in the final leg of its eight years, said analyst Sam Batkins, ...

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, ...

Jenny Beth Martin of IRS commissioner: ‘We want him impeached’


Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 9/11/16