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Coburn and Scott Punt on Debt Ceiling

On October 16, the House and Senate voted to fully open the federal government, funding Obamacare and abdicating their duties to responsibly manage the debt ceiling. Only 144 House Republicans opposed this embarrassingly one-sided “deal,” joined by 18 Senate Republicans. Of those 18 Republicans, two normally stalwart conservatives voted for cloture – which ended debate on the deal and guaranteed passage. They were Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Tim Scott (R-SC). Scott spokesperson Greg Blair told Tea Party Patriots “Tim Scott voted against the deal to raise the debt ceiling.” No explanation was provided on Scott’s conflicting vote. ...

Congress Ducks Constituents

From Business Week comes a funny, mocking take on the complete avoidance of traditional town halls by Members of Congress: Gone are the packed, freewheeling town halls of the past, where voters stood up at microphones and pelted elected officials with questions on just about anything. Members of Congress largely put an end to unscripted, up-close-and-personal events after the traumatic summer of 2009, when dozens of lawmakers were shouted down by mad-as-hell Tea Partiers and citizens angry that the proposed Affordable Care Act was going too far or not far enough. The new town halls, as described in the article: Activists have reported on this ...

Coburn vs. Cruz: GOP Turmoil on Delaying Obamacare

With the 2014 fiscal year starting in less than two months, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are leading the fight in what is almost certainly the last chance to prevent Obamacare’s implementation: prevention of funding in the Continuing Resolution Congress will negotiate in September. The Senate Conservatives Fund has the list of signatories to the Lee letter for delay of Obamacare, which includes stalwart conservatives like Senators Cruz and Lee, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). However, one fiscal conservative’s name is conspicuously missing: Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), who has publicly opposed the current ...

Corporate Welfare Comes First

Over the last eight months, Tea Party Patriots has written a series of posts highlighting how anti-free market and fiscally irresponsible the farm bill is. While pressure from Tea Party activists and others helped the farm bill fail in June, the House managed to squeak the farm subsidy portion through on Thursday. So what’s the big deal with the farm bill? How bad is it? Do we need to continue this fight for spending that’s less than 3% of the federal budget? Two weeks ago, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) discussed the farm bill in a town hall. He tried to defend it – H/T to Tea Party Patriots’ Oklahoma State ...

Corporate Agriculture Handouts Slip through House

Two weeks ago, 62 fiscal conservatives were joined by disgruntled Democrats in shutting down the farm bill in the House. The vote was a huge embarrassment to the House GOP leadership, and a reminder that fiscal conservatives were watching Washington. The reincarnated Farm Bill emerged earlier this week: While the “farm” portion of the farm bill should fail on its own merits – it’s mostly subsidies to big, well-connected interests – breaking the farm bill in two would appear to be a tremendous victory for those who want transparent government. However, Heritage Action has a video of Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) explaining last week that splitting ...

“The Tea Party is alive and well pissed”

Right on: Yesterday, all across the country, Tea Party activists stood against the tyranny of the IRS. While Jenny Beth Martin was in D.C., at the IRS’ headquarters, local IRS offices were faced with similarly righteous anger. Here are just a few of the places protests took place: Boston, MA, Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Winston-Salem, NC, NJ, GA, KY, IL, MO, PA,  and RI Twitchy has more, with pictures from Santa Ana, D.C., Indiana, and other places. Instapundit has pictures from New Mexico, Tennessee, and other states. In short, the protests were a resounding success. Even The Washington Post got in on things: A crowd packed the ...

Why We Fight: A Symposium

Today, Tea Party activists across the nation mourn the deceased and wounded in yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. However, we cannot allow this loss to paralyze us against the political threats we face. As such, many activists are continuing today’s planned #DCIntervention against those who subvert our Constitution and our natural rights – without transparency and public input. With the launch of these protests, Tea Party Patriots across the country are continuing the proud American tradition of standing up against a corrupt, overreaching national government. In times as tough as these, it’s sometimes hard to be optimistic. With ...

Southerland, Gulf Fishermen Cry ‘War’ over Fishing Regulations

By Zayida Baker Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., and many Florida fishermen oppose restrictive federal fishing regulations they say are patterned after Agenda 21, the UN’s all-encompassing plan for globally centralized wealth-redistribution and environmental regulations. Southerland, who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee’s Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee, marina manager Pam Anderson, and Captain Bob Zales, who runs boats for recreational fishers out of Panama City, discussed difficulties with current regulations under the 2007 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and planned regulations under ...