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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 05/03/15

Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will take a one-week recess, and return to work in Washington on Tuesday, May 12. 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: So, the House started spending money last week. Even before the Budget Conference officially had come to agreement on spending levels for FY2016 and the rest of the decade, the House GOP Leadership had decided to move two appropriations bills to the floor – H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and H.R. ...

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 ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Has the GOP Lost Its Budget Soul? (Interview with Jenny Beth Martin) http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4205023771001/neils-spiel-republicans-losing-their-budget-soul/#sp=show-clips   The Conservative Populist Breakout “…Grassroots activists: the unsung heroes of the populist right: An absolutely crucial (in some ways, the most important) part of the emerging conservative populist coalition is the committed citizens who spend hours directly contacting their elected representatives. A large number of Republicans in Congress are on the fence on immigration and will listen carefully to their most determined ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 Lois Lerner emails “…However, one staffer familiar with the investigation, said the emails were from 2004 through 2013, with the bulk coming from 2012. About 650 are from 2010 and 2011, when the alleged IRS targeting began. Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…...

News Briefing for Wednesday, April 29

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails “…Tea Party Patriots president Jenny Beth Martin said the news was another development in a "long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable." "It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as (the inspector general) continues the investigation," she said in a statement…” http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/28/politics/irs-watchdog-finds-6400-missing-lois-lerner-emails/index.html     HEALTHCARE: Two in three Obamacare beneficiaries had to repay ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 28

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Opinion Journal: The Tea Party Agenda for 2016 “Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin on her organization’s policy priorities.” http://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-the-tea-party-agenda-for-2016/E59A1D0A-F0A5-4790-B841-689DD78DACB5.html   Tea party lawmakers: Republican leaders are punishing us for defying them (Photo and caption) “U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) greets attendees as he arrives to speak at the Tea Party Patriots 'Exempt America from Obamacare' rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 10, 2013.” http://www.businessinsider.co...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 23, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Another Side Effect of Obamacare: Increased Food Stamp Enrollment? “Expanded Medicaid under Obamacare could be responsible for more people signing up for food stamps, the Associated Press reported. That’s because so many state agencies are making it simpler to enroll in multiple government assistance programs at once if they are eligible for Medicaid. In New Mexico, enrollment for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, grew by 5 percent in 14 months. “We attribute the increase in SNAP to Medicaid expansion,” New Mexico Human Services Department Deputy Secretary Sean Pearson told the AP. ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 21

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is benefitting the biggest hospitals and insurers, and that's not a good thing “These days, when liberals defend Obamacare, they often say something along the lines of, Look, Obamacare can't be that bad, even big business likes it! A writer at the liberal Mother Jones defended Obamacare by pointing out that the largest hospital chain in America is fighting to save the law. Wendell Potter, at the Center for Public Integrity, seems to think it's a rebuke to Obamacare's critics that the nation's largest health insurer is making bank off the law: Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 20

HEALTHCARE: Group Takes On Insurance Companies Over Obamacare “Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, challenged the president of Humana Thursday for his support of Obamacare during a shareholder’s meeting. Danhof took aim at Bruce D. Broussard, president of the insurance giant Humana, over his support of Obamacare, particularly in light of ongoing legal challenges. Broussard defended his position arguing healthcare is a right and therefore must be respected, an answer Danhof disputed. “I think at Humana, we have one fundamental belief and that is that individuals have the right to receive health ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 16

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio and the Three-Strikes Theory of Politics “…In the past year or so, Rubio has been trying to regain the trust of his party’s hard-liners, saying that nobody has an automatic right to immigrate to the United States and stressing that improving border security should be the first priority. He’s had some success in this enterprise. “I think that Sen. Rubio has done something that most politicians don’t do,” Jenny Beth Martin, the president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, told Politico. “He evaluated what went wrong … [and] is working to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes ...