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Rush Limbaugh, James Pethokoukis, wrong on balanced budget

On Thursday, Rush Limbaugh cited a blog post by American Enterprise Institute scholar James Pethokoukis during his show. The post in question presents the notion of a balanced federal budget in 2015. Unfortunately, the post by Pethokoukis has three major flaws in it that makes its premise – a balanced budget in 2015 – extremely unlikely. First, and most critically, Pethokoukis cites the firm Potomac Research for the following information: … official forecasters will have to radically alter their projections this summer.  The CBO forecast of $845 billion in red ink this year, 5.3% of GDP, is hopelessly outdated; the deficit will fall well ...

Here’s the Twitter chatter surrounding Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearings

Proponents of Environmental Protection Agency Administration Nominee Scott Pruitt took to Twitter today at the outset of the candidate’s confirmation hearings. Here’s what they’re saying: Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Former Jeb Bush Campaign Spokesperson Tim Miller Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) GOP National State Policy Director Matt Pinnell President-elect Donald J. Trump’s EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt will demand an agency that safeguards the liberties of ...

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 – ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Democrat stalling, blocking Trump cabinet picks hypocritical

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column points out that Democrat stalling confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees is unfair considering many of President Obama’s nominees were unanimously confirmed upon his inauguration. The Washington Times has the commentary: Senate Democrats, reports Politico, are planning to “give Trump Cabinet picks the [Merrick] Garland treatment,” including “a grinding confirmation process, weighing delay tactics that could eat up weeks of the Senate calendar and hamper [Trump’s] first 100 days in office.” Further, Politico elaborates, at least five ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/4/16

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: The House began its week on Tuesday, with 29 bills on the Suspension Calendar. They got through a number of them, but still had 14 bills on the Suspension Calendar to deal with on Wednesday, including H.R. 6393, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2017, and H.R. 34, the updated 21st Century Cures Act, which was actually a vote on a House amendment to ...

Senator Lankford releases second “Federal Fumbles” report

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently released his second edition of “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” documenting wasteful government spending of the last few years. “The book highlights irresponsible grants, similar or even identical programs that exist across multiple federal agencies, and money spent inefficiently. For many of the entries, you will find legislative solutions to eliminate wasteful spending and force agencies to make more responsible decisions,” writes Sen. Lankford. U.S. national debt will round $19.5 trillion by the end of December and will reach $22 trillion within the decade, projects ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/27/16

https://soundcloud.com/teapartypatriots/20161128-washington-report CALENDAR: The House will return on Tuesday, with no votes to be held before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Friday, with the last vote scheduled for no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for Tuesday morning at 11:30 AM. The Senate will stay in session through Thursday. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: When the House starts voting on Tuesday, they’ll take up 16 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Then, on Wednesday and for the balance of the week, they’ve got another 13 bills on the Suspension Calendar, including the ...

Senator Lankford: ‘Burdening debt’ threatens national defense

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week announced at that, the end of the month, he will release his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report, a publication intended to draw attention to and encourage lawmakers to curb wasteful government programs that increase our debt which, says Sen. Lankford, threatens military readiness. The Daily Signal has the story: “[Addressing our national debt] should be a top priority because if we are going to look at our national defense and being able to have a strong military and a good [Veterans Affairs] program … we cannot have a burdening debt and we cannot have a rising amount of interest,” he said. ...