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News Briefing for Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Boehner in line for 3rd term as speaker; GOP readies agenda “House Speaker John Boehner's prospects for a new term appeared secure Monday despite grumblings from tea party-aligned dissidents on the eve of a Republican takeover of Congress, while GOP leaders in both houses pointed toward a swift veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Republicans, winners of a majority in last fall's elections, began laying down markers for legislative battles ahead. "Tax reform should not be used as an excuse to raise taxes on the American people," wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who will ...

Time to thank House conservatives

One week ago Friday, conservatives in the U.S. House stood firm on principle and prevented a bad bill [1] from getting to the president’s desk. This is what we elected our conservative leaders to do; it’s important we thank them for defending our values and the rule of law. Leading up to the vote there was enormous pressure to pass sweeping immigration reform, while giving President Obama $2.7 billion (in the Senate bill) to deal with the current crisis on the border. Yet no one and no piece of legislation were actually going to deal with the root of the problem: our lax border security. President Obama can chide House conservative and ...