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Senator: Congress’ Obamacare exemption undermines ‘confidence in government’

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman David Vitter (R-La.) is asking President Obama’s IRS Commissioner John Koskinen how it is that Members of Congress and Congressional Staff are able to qualify for a subsidized small-business health-insurance program that requires a business have 50 or fewer employees when Congress clearly has more than 50 employees. The Daily Caller has the story: In a letter written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen Wednesday, the Louisiana Republican said it appears Congress is “misrepresenting itself to either DC Health Link or the IRS” and questioned whether the ...

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 ...

House of Representatives could vote to purge Obamacare of its calorie-count regulation

The Obamacare calorie-count rule that applies to the mom-and-pop pizza shop in your hometown is on the chopping block, with the House of Representatives set to vote to roll back the big-government regulation. The Daily Caller has the story: Obamacare, as it stands, requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensure that restaurants and other outlets selling food print calorie counts. The FDA has also made it a felony to break the calorie count rules. “Few people realize ObamaCare’s tentacles extend all the way into your favorite corner pizza shop, even making an error in posting calorie counts a felony. Congress now has the opportunity ...

Benghazi committee members critical of investigation costs line staffers’ pockets with bonuses

Democrats on the bipartisan House committee investigating the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead have repeatedly attacked House Republicans over the costliness of the investigation yet have given staff tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses. Fox News has the details: According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015. While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget. "This is the height of hypocrisy,” Lisa Boothe, a Republican ...

Expert: ‘Tax reform doesn’t need to be a bad romance between taxpayers and policymakers’

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance this Valentine’s Day is asking congressional lawmakers to show a little love for tax reform. The Hill has the details: The organization is running a campaign this week called “Love is Patient, Taxpayers Aren't” that is aimed at ensuring comprehensive tax reform stays a priority for lawmakers and their staff, the group said. As part of the campaign, TPA is sending eCards to all Congress members and their staff that feature Valentine's Day-themed tax facts. For example, an eCard would say “American Businesses pay between $18-19 billion to comply with taxes. That’s enough to buy nearly 900 million boxes ...

President Obama requesting more than 9,000 IRS new-hires

President Obama in his latest budget is proposing the IRS hire more than 9,000 employees, including almost 500 new bureaucrats to work on Obamacare regulations. The Washington Examiner has the story: Only 483 of the 9,245 new hires President Obama is seeking for the IRS in his 2016 budget proposal would be assigned to work on Obamacare programs, according to a budget summary published by the federal tax agency. As the agency tasked with enforcing Obamacare’s individual mandate provision, the IRS must for the first time this year assess a fine against people who were eligible for the government-funded health insurance but declined to enroll....

Report: Government struggling to recoup up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies given to illegal immigrants

The government is struggling to recover up to $750 million in Obamacare subsidies doled out to illegal immigrants and those whose status was in unverified limbo, according to a Senate report. Fox News has the scoop: The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Our most important responsibility is to hold Congress accountable

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan lately has been sounding defeatist notes in public speeches rather than outlining a hopeful, conservative agenda aimed at truly reining in spending and fully repealing Obamacare, Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column for The Washington Times. Jenny Beth says: Mr. Ryan portrays Tea Party conservatives as naïve for demanding repeal. Again, his words are instructive: “When voices in the conservative movement demand things that they know we can’t achieve with a Democrat in the White House, all that does is depress our base and in turn help Democrats stay in the White ...

One Of The Best Super Bowl Ads Of All Time Was About A Farmer

RAM Trucks ran an advertisement during Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 commemorating U.S. farmers that includes commentary from deceased conservative radio legend Paul Harvey set against a montage filled with evocative all-American imagery — Harvey begins his story where God apparently left off in the Genesis account of creation. "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer ... God said, 'I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.' So God ...

Find out who just endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), shortly after landing the endorsement of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, landed a second endorsement equally as impressive ahead of the Iowa caucus Tuesday. Click here to find out who just endorsed the freshman senator from the Lone Star state who is championing the full repeal of Obamacare. PAID FOR BY TEA PARTY PATRIOTS CITIZENS FUND (TPPCF) NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE WWW.TEAPARTYPATRIOTSCITIZENSFUND.COM