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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...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/19/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the Presidents Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Monday evening, the House came back into session and passed both H.R. 244, the HIRE Vets Act, and H.R. 974, the BRAVE Act, under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Act. The bill would commission a survey of the gradient boundary along the Red River in TX and OK. On Wednesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 2/12/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for approximately 7 PM. The Senate will be in session until Friday. At that point, both House and Senate will start the Presidents’ Day Recess, and they won’t be back until Monday, February 27. That means they’ll be in their districts and states next week, at local events and townhall meetings. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House had a short week last week so the Democrats ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/29/17

CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Friday, with no votes scheduled later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. The Senate will be in session until Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday and moved to take up 11 bills under Suspension of the Rules. They got through two of them on Monday evening – H.R. 423, the Anti-Spoofing Act, which passed by a vote of 398-5, and H.R. 582, the Kari’s Law Act, which passed by a vote of 408-0. On Tuesday, the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/23/17

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Tuesday, at which point the House will recess for the rest of the week. The Senate will return on Monday, and will stay in session through Tuesday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was not in session last week. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Because of the annual GOP retreat, this is going to be a short week in the House. The House will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. When they return, they’ll move to take up 11 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Then, on ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/15/17

CALENDAR: The House is out of session this week. The House will return on Monday, January 23, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, January 17, with the first vote of the day to be held at approximately 4:45 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday, and began its week by taking up and passing under Suspension of the Rules H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, by a vote of 405-28. Then the House took up and passed H.R. 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, by a vote of 404-29. On Tuesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/8/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes to be held before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House met at noon for the first session of the 115th Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan was elected for his first full term in office, with only one Republican – Thomas Massie of KY – casting a vote for someone else, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of FL. Interestingly, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lost more votes among her House Democrat colleagues – ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/11/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both done, and the 114th Congress is in the history books. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House returned for action on Monday, and moved to take up 27 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, there were 21 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, there were 16 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus decided to try one last effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. About ten days earlier, according to various reports, Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan had reached out to Speaker Ryan and offered an olive branch, in the form of an offer ...

Colorado VA office under investigation for allegedly fudging wait-times

Veterans Affairs employees in Colorado in an effort to cover up actual wait times are under investigation for allegedly keeping unofficial wait lists of veterans seeking care, investigators announced Wednesday. The Virginian-Pilot has the scoop: The VA's internal watchdog announced an audit in a letter to Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Cory Gardner of Colorado. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. Johnson and Gardner asked for the inquiry after a whistleblower told them the lists were allegedly used at the Denver VA Medical Center, VA health clinics in Colorado Springs and the Denver suburb of Golden. The ...

Federal deficit up 25 percent over last year

Our federal deficit is growing, this year spiking to nearly $590 billion – up 25 percent over last year – according to the latest Congressional Budget Office estimate. The Washington Examiner has the details: The federal deficit for fiscal 2016 jumped to $588 billion, $149 billion bigger than last year's, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Friday. As a share of economic output, the deficit rose to 3.2 percent, up from 2.5 percent in fiscal 2015. That would be the first such increase in the deficit as a share of the economy since 2009, when the U.S. was still reeling from the financial crisis. Part of the jump in the deficit was ...