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Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Spending bill should appease President Trump, NOT Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer

Senate Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer are putting up a fight when it comes to including financing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border in the spending bill that needs to be voted on in the next two weeks if the government is going to keep operating, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. Establishment politicians, Rep. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), seem all-too-willing to back down even though President Trump’s popularity and election derives in large part from Americans’ widespread support of tough immigration policies meant to put Americans first, drive down violent ...

It costs lots of money to comply with federal tax law – here’s how much

Tax Day is approaching and Americans nationwide, in an effort to comply with federal tax law, lose $234 billion a year in man hours and direct expenses combined – and those figures are expected to climb even higher in the years ahead. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said that tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity. "The problem is the status quo—thinking that, well, if we don't do tax reform this year it will just be that bad," Sepp said. "No, the status quo is not the static quo—it's going to get worse." "The paperwork ...

Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s Health Care Money Grab Scheme Borders on Extortion

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s stepped-up attacks this week on Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey in his attempt to try and raid the company’s reserve funds to pay for his opiate reform program. “Governor Chris Christie’s stepped-up attack on private health insurer Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, to try and raid their reserve funds to pay for his opiate reform program borders on extortion. With the announcement this week that he will take over a national program to combat drug and opiate abuse, ...

Washington Examiner: Most illegal immigrants in U.S. are from Mexico

Illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America comprise the majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S., according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute. The Washington Examiner has the story: The new report said that no other region came close to Latin America for delivering illegal immigrants into the U.S. "Mexico and Central America accounted for most unauthorized immigrants in the United States as of 2010-14, with MPI estimating their totals at about 7.9 million (71 percent of the overall unauthorized population). About 1.5 million (13 percent) were from Asia; 673,000 (6 percent) from South America; 432,000 (4 percent) from ...

Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s $300M Money Grab From Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Customers is Wrong

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) proposal to take insurance premiums from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for a new government program. “Governor Christies’ scheme to grab $300 million from the reserve funding of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield is wrong. It is the very essence of government overreach. It would hike premiums, create more risk for the New Jersey health insurance market, and undermine healthcare for all New Jersey tax payers. This scheme appears to be nothing but a PR stunt and a power grab by ...

The Tea Party Turns 8 – Share Your Memories with Us!

Happy anniversary! Today is a very special Messaging Monday. Today we celebrate the tea party movement’s 8th anniversary, and the action item for this particular Messaging Monday is to share with us your favorite tea party memories, and photographs or videos from the last eight years. See below for details. Can you believe that the tea party movement is 8 years old? We have come so far from where we started, it’s almost unbelievable. February 27th is the anniversary of our first nationwide tea party protests. We showed up big time, with over 800 rallies all across the country, and we just kept going after that. We’ve been ...

Watch Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin demonstrate how to defend the Supreme Court!

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin this week during a Facebook Live broadcast encouraged viewers to visit http://tpp.us/defendthesupremecourt and sign up to host a #ConfirmGorsuch house party in an effort to maximize the social-media buzz surrounding the confirmation process of conservative Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. “There’s a reason why we encourage people to use social media. There are studies that show that some members of Congress can be influenced by as few as 30 tweets, and we’ve all seen how much a single tweet from President Trump can get – how much media attention that can get,” said Jenny Beth. ...

It’s Monday. And you know what that means.

It's Monday. Chances are, if you're like most people, Monday is not your favorite day of the week. But here at Tea Party Patriots, we're helping Monday make a comeback. You might say we're helping to Make Mondays Great Again. Did you see our emails over the weekend? If so, you know we are in the midst of launching a new effort with coordinated activities each day to help you — and millions of other everyday Americans who love our Constitution and our country — take one simple step: showing up.

Martin: Democratic Senators Should Think Twice Before Obstructing Judge Gorsuch

Washington, DC – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today regarding Senate Democratic leadership’s refusal to meet with Judge Neil Gorsuch this week and Senate Democrats’ “misleading” claim that Judge Gorsuch requires 60 votes for confirmation. The Washington Post reported yesterday “The White House asked that Gorsuch meet with Schumer, but aides said he declined in order to learn more first about the nominee’s record” and today the Washington Examiner reports “Administration officials confirmed that Schumer and his leadership team won't even grant Gorsuch a courtesy ...