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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/21/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled to be no later than 3 PM. And then they’ll be gone for the Memorial Day recess, and won’t return until Tuesday, June 6. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30. They’ll stay in session through Thursday, at which point the Senate will embark on its Memorial Day recess. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 115, the Thin Blue Line Act, by a vote of 271-143. The bill makes the killing of a state or local law ...

VA wants to meet with whistleblowers, help protect against retaliation

Authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in an effort to protect those who speak up about potential corruption, have requested a meeting with two whistleblowers to discuss blowback the men faced as a result of sounding the alarm on the department. The Daily Signal has the details: Whistleblowers Kuauhtemoc Rodriguez from the Phoenix VA and Sean Higgins from the Memphis VA have been contacted by the Central Whistleblower Office for a conference call meeting Friday, which comes just over a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the VA, The Daily ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/07/17

CALENDAR: The House is in recess and will return on Tuesday, May 16. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday, and took up and passed three bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House took up another bill under Suspension, and then took up H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. The bill passed by a vote of 229-197. The bill would allow employers to offer employees paid time off in lieu of wage compensation for overtime hours worked by employees in the private ...

Washington Examiner: House ‘narrowly’ passes legislation that would partially repeal Obamacare

House Republicans barely mustered enough votes to pass legislation that, if signed into law, would only partially repeal Obamacare but supporters of the bill assure skeptics it’s the first step toward fully repealing former President Obama’s signature health-insurance law. The Washington Examiner has the details: The House voted 217-213 to pass the amended American Health Care Act, after deciding late Wednesday that the votes were there thanks to last-minute changes that appealed to centrists. When the vote was called, 20 Republicans voted against it, just under the threshold of 22 GOP lawmakers that could vote against it and still have it ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: $1 trillion spending bill isn’t ‘what Trump voters wanted or expected’

President Donald J. Trump during the election talked a ‘big-league’ game about shaking things up in Washington, D.C. but, if the $1 trillion spending bill heading to his desk is any indication, President Trump has botched the art of this deal and continues the trend of leaving hardworking taxpayers out to dry, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. The Hill has the commentary: [President Trump] got rolled so badly [on the spending bill] that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi bragged about it openly. And why shouldn’t they brag? From minority positions, they: ...

Tea Party Patriots Applauds House Freedom Caucus, President Trump & Vice President Pence for Negotiating Forward Movement Toward Obamacare Repeal

Tea Party Group Calls on Senate to Keep McConnell’s Promise to Repeal Obamacare ‘Root and Branch’ Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to the House of Representatives’ vote to pass an amended version of the American Health Care Act. “During the 2016 campaign, Republicans from President Trump to Speaker Paul Ryan to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the caucuses they lead in Congress made a promise that virtually all Republicans have been making since 2010: To repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that restores health care freedom, ...

Last Obamacare exchange in one Iowa county set to fold

Yet another of the health-insurance exchanges set up in the wake of Obamacare’s passage will likely fold in the days ahead as it struggles to meet its bottom line. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Des Moines Register reports that after the exit of Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield from Iowa's exchange, the only other insurer in 94 of Iowa's 99 counties is plotting its exit as well. You might think the exit of all competitors would be a boon for the last remaining insurer, but this is not the case, thanks to two of the important Obamacare rules that are a constant subject of discussion: "Community rating," which ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/30/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30, and will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, and will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday and took up and passed two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed the rule for H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. Later that day the House took up and passed the bill, by a vote of 378-48. The bill changes the process for choosing the head of the U.S. ...

Rep. Lamar Smith demanding DOJ prosecute Hillary Clinton’s private server team over stonewalling

Lawmakers are crying "Foul!" — and rightfully so — over the internet company Hillary Clinton hired to run her private, off-the-books email server, as the company has been giving congressional investigators the runaround for more than a year — something prompting leading lawmakers to take the case to President Trump's Justice Department for prosecution. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in provid...

White House budget director solicits feedback from the American people on ways to streamline government

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is requesting feedback from everyday Americans like you and me on ways to cut bureaucratic red tape that makes life more difficult for businesses, organizations, families – you name it. “Over the course of the next six months, all the federal agencies will be coming up with ideas that they think will make those agencies better. We will be doing the same thing here at OMB, but we need your help,” Mulvaney says in a video posted to the White House YouTube account. The budget director pointed to five stacks of federal regulations apparently taller than him and said they were written – ...