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Illinois governor proposes higher minimum wage, AKA higher unemployment for his state

On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. According to the governor, this will be good for the state’s unemployed: During his annual State of the State address to lawmakers, the Chicago Democrat asked them to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. Although the state already has one of the highest rates in the nation, Quinn argued another boost would help increase the quality of life for residents. "Nobody in Illinois should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty," Quinn said during his speech. "That's a principle as old as the Bible." Supporters are backing the proposal ...

Buchanan: National bankruptcy among ‘existential threats to the republic’

The severity of our national debt – which stands at $19.4 trillion – is being largely ignored by Congress and the media. That has to change. Otherwise, we’re headed off a cliff… The New Hampshire Union Leader has Pat Buchanan’s latest commentary on the issue:   On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion. With spending on the four biggest budget items — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense — rising, and GDP growing at 1 percent, future deficits will exceed this year’s projected $600 billion. National bankruptcy, then, is among the existential threats to the ...

Follow Rep. Roskam’s lead in protecting the First Amendment and demand his IRS legislation gets a vote!

The “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act” (H.R. 5053), which would prohibit the IRS from demanding those who donate to nonprofit charities reveal their identities in annual returns, was introduced in April by Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) but needs a floor vote in the House of Representatives. “In the past, the IRS has improperly accessed and released to the public information from a tax-exempt organization Schedule B, most notably – in full discussion of this committee in the past – the National Organization for Marriage had its Schedule B leaked to the press in 2012,” Rep. Roskam ...

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 09/20/15

CALENDAR: The House is out of session Monday through Wednesday, then will return Thursday for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive Pope Francis. Then they will stay in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled until Tuesday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week – they were out for Rosh Hashanah on Monday and Tuesday, and didn’t come back into session until Wednesday. That day was spent on bills brought up under Suspension of the Rules. Ten of them passed by voice vote, and two of them passed by roll call votes with more than ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 05/31/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return to work tomorrow. The House will schedule no votes tomorrow before 6:30 PM, and will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes planned after 3 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday.   TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Before heading out of town for the Memorial Day recess, the House had a busy week. First up, on Monday, May 18, were a series of votes on bills under the Suspension Calendar. Using this procedure, the House passed H.R. 91, the Veterans I.D. Card Act; H.R. 1313, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act; H.R. 1382, the Boosting ...

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 ...