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TPP Statement on American Spring Event

The bedrock principles of Tea Party Patriots are enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. It is a document which, by design, fosters thoughtful government action and transition of power. Today and in times past, the nation has faced real and perceived usurpations of the Constitution, and Tea Party Patriots is dedicated to fighting for constitutional integrity. In doing so, we also recognize that this fight must necessarily be conducted within the framework of the Constitution itself. It is for these reasons that we reject any use of violence by any parties in pursuit of the goals of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free ...

Senators seeking answers in case of vet who allegedly committed suicide while on VA waiting list

 U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Tuesday requested an investigation into a report an Army veteran committed suicide when he was awaiting care for post-traumatic-stress disorder from those at a Veterans Affairs office in Colorado Springs, Colo. The department will work with the inspector general and the senators to determine what happened, agency spokesman Paul Sherbo said. The senators did not identify the soldier who killed himself but said he was 26 and had served as an Army Ranger. Gardner said he wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2014 scandal over long wait times that veterans endured to get health care, and ...

This Virginia teen just won gold in Rio – watch her gush about her right to bear arms

The quintessential girl-next-door, 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist in the 10-meter air-rifle competition Ginny Thrasher over the weekend made her television debut to express the thrill of winning an Olympic championship Saturday. “After I finished shooting, I didn’t have a lot going through my mind other than overwhelming happiness. I was swarmed by my friends and family and a lot of media. After I took the lead in the final, I knew that I was in contention for a medal but, for me, I had to refocus on what would get me to that outcome,” says Thrasher. Her enthusiasm for the sport is apparent, as she wears a smile the duration of the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/17/16

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, and stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will come back into session on Monday, and stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week on Monday, with nine bills on the Suspension Calendar, and three bills brought to the floor under Rules – H.R. 3791, to raise the consolidated assets threshold under the small bank holding company policy statement; H.R. 3340, the Financial Stability Oversight Council Reform Act; and H.R. 2666, No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access. On Wednesday, the House took up five more bills under the ...

Brief: No ‘compelling’ evidence to support efficacy of Common Core assessments

New studies show imposed standards like Common Core, combined with high-stakes testing, have decreased student engagement, produced no apparent uptick in student achievement and actually decrease the likelihood a student graduates. The Washington Post has the details: More than 100 education researchers in California have joined in a call for an end to high-stakes testing, saying that there is no “compelling” evidence to support the idea that the Common Core State Standards will improve the quality of education for children or close the achievement gap, and that Common Core assessments lack “validity, reliability and fairness.” The ...

NYC nonprofit pushing legislation that would grant voting rights to illegal immigrants

A new bill that would allow illegal immigrants the right to cast ballots in the 2017 New York City elections for mayor, city council and other influential governments seats is being considered. The New York Post has the inside story: The proposal — which is winning support from the city’s black and Hispanic activists — was recently discussed at a Black and Latino Legislative Caucus event in Albany. “We want to expand the right to vote for everybody, not suppress the vote. What a radical idea,” said Bertha Lewis, head of the Black Institute, which is part of a coalition of immigration-rights groups campaigning for the bill. She said it ...

Report: Federal officials who created online Obamacare marketplace received more than a dozen written warnings

Federal officials tasked with creating the Obamacare online insurance marketplace received 18 written warnings the project was being mismanaged but went ahead with the project anyway, according to a report from the Obama administration’s inspector general. The Washington Post has the details: The warnings included a series of 11 scathing reviews from an outside consultant — among them a top-10 list of risks drawn up in the spring of 2013 that cited inadequate planning for the website’s capacity and deviations from usual IT standards. A few months before, then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had hired another consultant ...

Even the NYT acknowledges one reason why Americans despise Obamacare

The New York Times Sunday ran a story detailing the reason millions of Americans are choosing to forego health insurance and instead opt for the IRS penalty: because it's the less expensive of the two options. Here's the story from the New York Times: Clint Murphy let the deadline for getting health insurance by the new year pass without a second thought. Mr. Murphy, an engineer in Sulphur Springs, Tex., estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, he will face a penalty of $1,800 for going uninsured in 2016. But in his view, paying that penalty is worth it if he can avoid buying an insurance policy that costs $2,900 or more. All he has to do ...

Economist: Entitlement reform needed to shrink the national debt

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, economist and senior fellow at free-market think tank the Manhattan Institute, says entitlement spending ought to be a priority in 2016 if Republican lawmakers are sincere in their calls to rein in our national debt. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth outlines her ideas in a recent column for MarketWatch: The December budget agreement completely neglected entitlement reform, particularly changes to Social Security and Medicare. In 2015, the national debt surpassed $18 trillion for the first time, driven by record federal spending. Over 60 percent of federal spending is entitlement programs. Every passing day in which entitlement reform ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/29/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate also returns Monday, with the first vote on Monday afternoon, and will likely stay in session through Thursday. EARLIER THIS MONTH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Before leaving Washington for the Thanksgiving recess, the House on Thursday, November 19 passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. For my fellow acronym buffs, you heard that right – that’s the “American SAFE Act.” The bill passed by a vote of 289-137, with two Republicans and six Democrats not voting. Only two Republicans voted against it, while 47 ...