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Beltway Boomtown, Professional Lobbying Explodes

From The Hill comes yet another reason why constitutionally limited government is so important - prevention of the professional lobbying class: ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010. The reason for these new lobbyists is simple (emphasis added): Veterans of the healthcare push are now lobbying for corporate giants such as Delta Airlines, UPS, BP America and Coca-Cola, and for healthcare compan...

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) to retire????

If the rumors are true, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), one of the primary people responsible for ushering in the debacle that is Obamacare, is retiring: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring rather than seek re-election in 2014, according to two senior Democratic strategists familiar with his plans. First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001. This is still unofficial, but given the disastrous comments the Senator made last week regarding the implementation of Obamacare, it’s very likely public opposition to Obamacare…incentivized…his decisio...

What about the AMT?

As the August recess ends for Congress next Monday, conservatives across the nation should be ready with a single question: What about the AMT? Of all of the tax and spending issues facing the nation come January 1, 2013, the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) should be the most urgent to those who oppose tax increases. Why? Because while the other tax hikes and the spending reductions will take place starting in 2013, the AMT is already taking effect. The AMT was instituted by Congress in 1978 as an extra income tax on certain taxpayers, mostly those in the upper echelon of earners. Unfortunately, the law never included an adjustment for inflation, ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/19/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The House leadership is hoping to be done for the week on Thursday, but they’ve notified Members to be prepared for a late night. The Senate will return Tuesday, with the first vote set to take place at noon. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The snowstorm that hit the east coast delayed the House’s return to action until Wednesday. The first vote was held at 6:57 PM, on a bill brought to the floor under Suspension of the Rules. On Thursday, the House took up and passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accounta...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/12/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 5:30 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Wednesday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday of last week and immediately took up a bill on the Suspension Calendar. The bill renamed a VA clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa. It passed. On Wednesday, House Democrats tried to play stall ball. On three separate occasions during the course of the day, they ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 3/05/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM, and will be done for the week on Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at approximately 6 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday evening and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act. After dealing with four amendments on Tuesday, the House came back in on Wednesday and took up where they left off. There were four more ...