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Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s Attempted Extortion of Horizon Threatens New Jerseyans’ Healthcare Security

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin issued the following statement today in response to the news that Standard & Poor’s has given an “A” credit rating to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “Conservatives believe deeply in the power of free markets, and we are greatly concerned about Governor Chris Christie’s attempt to extort a private company into turning over customer premiums to fund an expansion of government. Governor Christie has shown little regard for fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by the fact that New Jersey’s own credit rating has been downgraded 11 times during ...

Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...

Trump administration announces ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to overhaul tax code

The White House Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated plans for an overhaul of our tax system that would simplify the tax code and cuts rates for people and businesses. The Washington Times has the story: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” said Gary Cohn, director of the president’s National Economic Council, who presented the plan to reporters at the White House. He said the president was ready to go to the mat to get tax reform enacted... The proposal he outlined would eliminate every tax deduction except those that are most popular among middle-class families — those for home mortgage intere...

President Trump’s labor nominee clears latest confirmation hurdle

President Donald J. Trump's labor-secretary nominee Alexander Acosta made it over the latest hurdle in his confirmation battle and will likely face an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor later this week. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The Senate voted 61-39 to advance Acosta to a vote expected for Friday. Acosta was confirmed easily to three prior positions in the federal government, including a brief stint at the National Labor Relations Board. His nomination for labor secretary has garnered more opposition from Democrats, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) pledged to block President Donald Trump's cabinet appoint...

Former Justice Thomas clerk: President Trump’s Gorsuch appointment a ‘landmark’ accomplishment

Carrie Severino, former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas and chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, in her latest column for National Review says one of President Donald J. Trump’s biggest accomplishments during his first 100 days in the Oval Office is the appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Read the commentary below: Assessments of a president’s first hundred days are largely a meaningless metric invented by story-hungry media. But in this case, President Trump has been able to rack up such a significant accomplishment in this short time that we can already be confident it will be remembered as one of the ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Americans recently treated to ‘string of pleasant surprises’ related to immigration enforcement

Jenny Beth Martin in her latest opinion piece for The Washington Times writes the Trump administration is following through on its promise to enforce our immigration laws and not treat them as “mere suggestions” as former President Obama did. Read the commentary below: Over the past week, Americans have been treated to a string of pleasant surprises from the Trump administration related to the enforcement of our immigration laws. The overarching message from the Trump Administration recently is that U.S. immigration laws are going to be treated the way they should be - as the laws on the books, rather than mere suggestions that can be ...

Jenny Beth Martin: It’s time for establishment Republicans to ‘Buck’ this trend

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest opinion piece echoes sentiments shared by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) in his new book “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think,” arguing establishment Republicans spend too much time fighting rising stars in the Republican party than they do opposing liberals in Congress. The Hill has the commentary: Speaking of his new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse than You Think,” Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) recently told a reporter for USA Today, “I didn’t go there [Washington, DC] with a lot of friends … And I won’t leave with a ...

DHS overwhelmed, can’t keep up with workload: inspector-general report

Immigration officers are juggling a ballooning number of deportation cases but don’t have the manpower to tackle the cases in a timely manner – a deficiency that could be leaving sensitive, national-security cases on unresolved. The Washington Times has the details: The problem is so bad that officers may even be losing track of critical national security cases, the inspector general said. The surge of illegal immigrants under President Obama made the situation worse, adding hundreds of thousands of cases to the docket, even though officers weren’t given any new tools to help them deal with the backlog. Officers in D.C., average more ...

President Trump slashes regulations, creating $60 billion in savings: report

President Donald J. Trump working alongside Congress has reversed burdensome President Obama-era regulations – an action one organization projects will save taxpayers more than $60 billion. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations. The report found the recent repeal and delay of regulations could lead to $86 billion in net fiscal effects for taxpayers from deregulation. "Congress has already passed 13 CRA resolutions, repealing ...

Report: Average working American spends a whole week preparing taxes

The effort and expense it takes to file taxes is staggering at 8.1 billion man hours totaling $170 billion in lost time or –  what for the average working American amounts to a week of work preparing tax paper, according to a new Tax Day report. The Washington Examiner has the details: The report from American Action Forum considers the costs associated with all Internal Revenue Service forms, such as those corporations and doctors fill out, often for customers or patients, but it also breaks down the impact of tax season on individuals who face a Tuesday filing deadline. "IRS currently imposes 8.1 billion hours of paperwork and generates ...