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Obama administration opens investigation into questionable Clinton Foundation donations

Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state under President Obama is a dodgy one. As New York Times columnist David Brooks said in recent commentary, what legacy did she leave behind when serving at the State Department? An Obama-administration investigation into questionable donations made to the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state shows her time there potentially had nothing to do with public service but was self-serving. The Washington Examiner has the details: [Obama administration] officials are investigating the Clinton Foundation for alleged fraud after dozens of lawmakers asked the tax agency to open an inquiry. A ...

Financial records of failed New York Obamacare co-op mired in secrecy

Documents that would explain why Health Republic of New York, one of 13 failed Obamacare co-ops, went under are not being released by the regulators at the New York Department of Financial Services despite a freedom-of-information request. The Daily Caller has the details: New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) reportedly launched an official investigation in September 2015 of Health Republic of New York for “substantial under-reporting” of its finances. Health Republic is one of 13 Obamacare non-profit health insurance co-ops that have failed since the $2.5 billion program’s 2012 launch to compete with commercial for-profit ...

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Ex-Im Re-Authorization

Today, Nancy Pelosi is working hard to bring back another wasteful and corrupt government program that uses our tax dollars to line the pockets of some of the world’s largest corporations. Call now and tell these Congressmen NOT to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). A vote on reauthorization is expected today, so act fast! That’s right! While everyone has been distracted by the race for Speaker of the House, some Members of Congress have been trying to revive this wasteful government program. The Ex-Im Bank sends billions of our tax dollars to countries that violate human rights and undermine democracy – using our hard earned ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 10/11/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both in recess to observe the Columbus Day holiday. The House will return on Tuesday, October 20, and the Senate will return on Monday, October 19, with no votes before 11 AM on Tuesday, October 20. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Tuesday, and immediately moved to take up 10 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3192, the Homebuyers Assistance Act, and H. Res. 461, establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the Planned Parenthood videos. That measure passed by a vote of 242-184, with ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 09/27/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes expected before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in through Thursday, with the last vote expected not later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate is scheduled to stay in through the rest of the week. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate opened for business last Monday, but held no votes until Tuesday afternoon. First up was a vote to invoke cloture on the Motion To Proceed to H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The cloture motion fell, by a vote of 54-42. Then Majority Leader McConn...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 06/07/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back on Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. They’ll stay in until Friday, when the last vote will take place no later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back tomorrow at 3 PM, but there will be no votes until Tuesday, around lunchtime. They’ll also stay in until Friday.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House started the week on Monday, considering eight bills on the Suspension Calendar. They included: R. 1493, Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, as amended 802, Girls Count Act R. 944, To reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purpose...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

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 Monday, May 18

  HEALTHCARE: The dire ObamaCare threat to New York’s hospitals “City Comptroller Scott Stringer laid out the grim facts last week on how the most progressive law in decades means disaster for New York City. The bottom line of Stringer’s report: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, Uncle Sam will cut more than $800 million in payments to the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp, by Fiscal Year 2019. The president’s signature law slashes federal payments that long helped out hospitals serving lots of patients who lack insurance. The idea was that the law would boost coverage so dramatically the aid would be unnecessary. ...

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, ...