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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/9/17

CALENDAR: Congress will break for two weeks for the Easter Recess. The Senate will be back in session on Monday, April 24, and the House will be back in session on Tuesday, April 25. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday evening, and took up and passed H.Res. 92 and H.R. 479 under Suspension of the Rules. H.Res. 92 condemns North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, and H.R. 479 designates North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed the rule for consideration of H.R. 1343, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, and ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/2/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at 5:30 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. And then Congress will break for two weeks for the Easter Recess. The Senate will be back in session on Monday, April 24, and the House will be back in session on Tuesday, April 25. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday evening and proceeded to take up and pass two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, the House took up and ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/22/16

CALENDAR: The House comes back into session on Monday, May 23, and will be in session through Thursday, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM. Then the House will take the following week off for the Memorial Day District Work Period, and return on Tuesday, June 7. The Senate will return to session on Monday, May 23, with the first vote at 5:30 on the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016, and will be in session through Friday, at which point the Senate will join the House for a one-week District Work Period, and return on Monday, June 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back to work on Monday, and took up 10 bills ...

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 Thursday, May 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act “Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.” On top of that, the executive director of Iowa’s ACLU and Tea Party Patriots’ boss Jenny Beth Martin have coauthored an op-ed in the Des Moines Register on “the need for significant reforms to curtail government surveillance authorities, like some of those included in the Patriot Act.” And even the NAACP — which hasn’t always been kind to the tea party movement ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 14

HEALTHCARE: Conservative groups renew pressure on 'ObamaCare exemption' “A coalition of conservative groups want to make sure Congressional Republicans don't let up on the fight to eliminate what they call D.C.’s exemption from ObamaCare. Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth are among a half-dozen groups that have joined a campaign called the “No D.C. Exemption,” according to a release shared first with The Hill. The effort is spearheaded by the right-leaning organization, the U.S. Health Freedom Caucus. The groups are looking to drive up support for a two-year-long investigation into how members of Congress pay for ObamaCare, ...

News Briefing for May 2

HEALTHCARE: Nearly half of Obamacare exchanges are struggling over their future “Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama’s health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers — and tepid enrollment numbers. To ease the fiscal distress, officials are considering raising fees on insurers, sharing costs with other states and pressing ...

Legislative Update for 04/27/15

Listen to the Podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House took up and passed the two Cybersecurity bills we discussed last week – H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731 – and also took up and passed H.R. 1195, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will begin its work Tuesday with votes on seven ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 12

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Conservative groups wary of Obamacare contingency plans (Photo of Tea Party Patriots at SCOTUS rally / Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Conservative groups are suspicious of GOP plans to temporarily keep Obamacare's insurance subsidies flowing if they're blocked this summer by the Supreme Court. For years, groups such as Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity have hounded Congress to do all it can to undermine the Affordable Care Act. At times, lawmakers have even been forced to table Obamacare-related bills over complaints that they appeared to be improving the law instead of repealing it entirely. Now ...