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Tea Party Patriots’ Founder Responds to Export-Import Bank’s Expiration

Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots' supporters across the country today applaud the expiration of the Export-Import Bank's funding authorization from Congress. The Export-Import Bank, also known as the Ex-Im Bank, was established in 1934 by executive order and its stated purpose was to help finance the sale of U.S. exports to foreign countries. Over the past decades, the Bank has unfairly chosen "winners" and "losers" among American companies, using tax dollars to interfere with the market and play favoritism with well-connected private companies such as Boeing. Conservatives criticize the Bank for misusing tax dollars and squashing fair ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 06/28/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both in recess for the 4th of July break, and will not return until a week from Monday. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 15. The Members dealt with seven non-controversial bills under the Suspension Calendar and renamed several U.S. Postal Service buildings. Meanwhile, the real action on Monday was taking place in the Rules Committee, where House GOP Leaders were working to buy themselves some time. As you may recall from our last conversation, the House had passed the TPA bill, but had failed to pass the accompanying TAA bill, and that left the ...

A Word Edgewise

There was much good news, along with a splash of bad news, in this week’s controversial poll from NBC-Wall Street Journal. Whatever the poll’s methodological shortcomings (which we will leave to the trained professionals to sort out), it’s clear that the first-tier candidates are holding firm as “candidates you could see yourself supporting,” even as second-tier figures Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson are beginning to surge. As we have been saying in this space for some time, all of the GOP candidates are accretive. They all bring elements of support to what could be a winning coalition against Hillary. A bloodbath may break out ...

Call to Action: Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on cloture for TPA.

Call your Senators now at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on cloture for TPA. The vote is happening at 11:00 today. Time is of the essence.   Sen. Cruz has announced he is a no vote for TPA and Cloture on TPA because of the wikilieaks revelations that show the draft Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) includes immigration language, and to get votes in the Senate Sen. McConnell promised to allow votes on Export-Import Bank reauthorization. Sen. Cruz believes Speaker Boehner may have done the same in the House. Unless McConnell and Boehner publicly commit to killing Ex-Im and leaving it dead, Sen. Cruz will vote no.   ...

Proof Jonathan Gruber was more than just “some adviser”

New emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal confirm just how involved liberal MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was in crafting the Obamacare law. In case you’ve forgotten, Gruber is the policy wonk who was caught saying Obama’s health care reform bill became law thanks in equal parts to both lack of transparency and the “stupidity of the American voter.” Yeah, safe to say America didn’t think THAT was funny... Reports the Wall Street Journal [1]: Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist whose comments about the health-care law touched off a political furor, worked more closely than previously known with the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 06/14/15

  CALENDAR:   The House will come back on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The current schedule says they will stay in until Thursday, when the last vote will take place no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will come back Monday at 5:30 PM, at which time they’ll vote on two non-controversial nominees. They’ll stay in until Friday.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:   The House began its voting week on Tuesday with a series of non-controversial bills brought up under Suspension of the Rules. The first four passed by voice vote, including H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom ...

We suffered through Obama’s amnesty order and all we got was a lousy 11-story building!

Now that the Obama Administration has had to stop implementing the president’s unconstitutional amnesty program, some sunlight is finally being shined on just how far the White House went to institutionalize amnesty. Indeed, according to a new Washington Post report, legal setbacks have halted Obama & Co.’s “intensive preparations” to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty, even while “community organizers” move forward with their arrangements. For starters, the Department of Homeland Security halted plans to hire another 3,100 employees. Which means they also had to halt plans to house those employees in the 11-story, building the ...

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...

Journalist, lawmakers complain that Obama administration disregards U.S. open records law (The Oklahoman – Chris Casteel)

WASHINGTON — After two days of hearings about the American public’s primary tool for obtaining government documents, a key House member said Wednesday that he may propose tighter deadlines and fewer exceptions in the law... Continue here.

The Tea Party Strikes Back (U.S. News & World Report – Peter Roff)

With little fanfare, and after a long and protracted struggle on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama quietly signed the USA Freedom Act into law shortly after it cleared the Senate by a vote of 67 to 32... Continue here.