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... Governor Christie’s $200 million pork barrel spending budget giveaway “Governor Chris Christie has sold his political soul. After a failed extortion attempt to get Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to fork over $300 million from their reserves to pay for his political pet projects, he has now capitulated to the pork barrel budget spending wishes of Democrats to get his hands-on Horizon’s money. It is the 11th hour and he is desperate. “Christie doesn’t care one ounce that his reckless healthcare money grab will saddle millions of New Jersey taxpayers and patients with more taxes, less healthcare and exorbitant legal ...

Speaker Ryan: Anthem Obamacare withdrawal in Wisc., Indiana forcing people to ‘scramble’ to find new plans, doctors

Anthem announced yesterday that it would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges for Indiana and Wisconsin in 2018. The health insurance plan provider will still provide plans off the exchange for a select few counties in both states; however, purchasers will not be able to use tax subsidies for their coverages. The Washington Examiner has the full story: Anthem said in a statement it made its decision because "the individual market remains volatile." It blamed uncertainty ahead over whether it would receive insurance payments from the federal government, as well as whether the government would enforce the Obamacare law that requires people to have ...

DHS rescinds DAPA policy that would have shielded illegal-immigrant parents whose children are lawful residents

The Department of Homeland Security this week rescinded DAPA, an Obama-era immigration policy that – if it weren’t in limbo per a Supreme Court stay on a lower-court injunction – would have authorized three-year work permits for the illegal-immigrant parents of children who are lawful U.S. residents. The Washington Examiner has the details: DHS Secretary John Kelly signed a memo on Thursday directing his employees not to carry out an instruction his predecessor, Jeh Johnson, had put in writing in November 2014 that sought to extend a 2012 program aimed at the illegal immigrant community. Kelly made the decision to revoke the policy ...

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Many rally around House, Senate Republicans in wake of violent attack during congressional baseball practice

Dozens of leaders have taken to Twitter to condemn the shooting that left numerous members of Congress and Capitol Hill police injured Wednesday after a sniper opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in the Del Rey neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, right outside D.C. Here’s what people are saying: https://twitter.com/FLOTUS/status/874981682952142848 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/874973978091302912 https://twitter.com/TimAlberta/status/874987034573774848 https://twitter.com/SteveForbesCEO/status/874990222454513664 https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/875012542023782400 https://twitter....

Tea Party Patriots: Partisan Witch Hunt Distracting from People’s Agenda

Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Tea Party Patriots and our network of activists across the country have had the pleasure of working with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the years on a number of issues and know him to be a man of the highest integrity. He has served his country in uniform, as U.S. Attorney, as Alabama Attorney General, in the United States Senate and now as head of the Department of Justice. Once again, we see no evidence of anything except the ...

Tea Party Patriots: Time for Washington to Move On and Focus on President Trump’s Agenda

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “After weeks of hype and smears by critics of the President, Mr. Comey failed to provide any evidence of ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Russia or that there was any attempt to obstruct his investigation. In fact, Mr. Comey validated President Trump’s statement that he was told on three separate occasions he wasn’t a target of the investigation. After months of illegal leaks and innuendo, even Senator Mark Warner, ...

Rep. Kevin Brady: Ways and Means Committee ‘laser focused’ on passing Trump’s tax-cut blueprint

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) Tuesday says committee members are intent – even ‘laser focused’ – on enacting by the end of the year President Donald J. Trump’s proposed tax cuts, which include slashing personal income-tax rates and the corporate tax. The Washington Times has the story: House leaders have said they want to pass a tax package in 2017, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady said Tuesday they’re “laser focused” on getting it done this year. “The Trump team feels the same way, and the Senate as well,” Mr. Brady said on Fox News. Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Social Security Administration Spends Astounding $32 Million in Taxpayer Funds on Conferences

The Social Security Administration spent an astounding $32 million of taxpayer money on conferences, according to an audit compiled by the agency’s own Office of the Inspector General. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Social Security Administration spent in excess of $100,000 on more than 300 conferences to cover expenses like travel, lodging, and meals. The Free Beacon points out that the agency spent large sums on “guest speakers” as well: "On average, in [fiscal years] 2013 through 2016, SSA spent $742 per attendee on conferences," the inspector general said…"Conferences with guest speaker expenses ranged from $2,500 to about ...