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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/23/17

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The house will stay in session through Tuesday, at which point the House will recess for the rest of the week. The Senate will return on Monday, and will stay in session through Tuesday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was not in session last week. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Because of the annual GOP retreat, this is going to be a short week in the House. The House will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. When they return, they’ll move to take up 11 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Then, on ...

HHS Secretary Nominee Rep. Price says he wants ‘healthcare system that recognizes the needs of all’

Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) during a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee says if and when Obamacare is repealed, he will work to pave the way for a health-insurance system that doesn’t leave anyone behind – whether Democrat or Republican. The Daily Signal has the details: “The last thing we want to do is go from a Democratic health care system to a Republican health care system,” Price said early on. “We want to go to an American health care system that recognizes the needs of all.” On Tuesday, four days after Trump is sworn in, Price will go before the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/15/17

CALENDAR: The House is out of session this week. The House will return on Monday, January 23, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, January 17, with the first vote of the day to be held at approximately 4:45 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Monday, and began its week by taking up and passing under Suspension of the Rules H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, by a vote of 405-28. Then the House took up and passed H.R. 304, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, by a vote of 404-29. On Tuesday, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/8/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes to be held before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote set for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the House met at noon for the first session of the 115th Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan was elected for his first full term in office, with only one Republican – Thomas Massie of KY – casting a vote for someone else, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster of FL. Interestingly, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lost more votes among her House Democrat colleagues – ...

Washington Examiner: President Obama planning flurry of costly “midnight regulations”

President Obama before he leaves office is ensuring more of Americans’ hard-earned money leaves with him as he puts into effect so-called midnight regulations projected to cost $6 billion. The Washington Examiner has the details: The new regulations, according to the watchdog group American Action Forum, include four from the Environmental Protection Agency and one from Interior. "These five measures alone could impose $5.1 billion in costs and more than 350,000 paperwork burden hours. In addition, three other rules in proposed form could add $898 million in burdens and 146,000 paperwork hours, for a cumulative total of nearly $6 billion in ...

California lawmakers pushing waiver application that would allow illegal immigrants to purchase Obamacare

State lawmakers in California are scrambling to get approval on a waiver that would permit illegal immigrants in California to purchase Obamacare health insurance. The Washington Times has the story: California first made its request, known as a “1332 waiver,” earlier this year. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent the application back as incomplete in mid-November. [Democrat State Sen. Ricardo] Lara said they resubmitted their proposal last week and are hoping for a final expedited review before Mr. Trump, who has taken a harder stance on illegal immigrants, takes office. Authored by Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/11/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both done, and the 114th Congress is in the history books. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House returned for action on Monday, and moved to take up 27 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, there were 21 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, there were 16 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus decided to try one last effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. About ten days earlier, according to various reports, Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan had reached out to Speaker Ryan and offered an olive branch, in the form of an offer ...

Washington Times: House Republicans derail impeachment effort against IRS commissioner

House Republicans effectively ended the effort to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his involvement in the agency scandal that unfairly targeted a specific group of Americans for their political beliefs by rejecting or slow-rolling tax-exempt-status applications. The Washington Times has the story: Republican leaders managed to derail impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, forcing the debate back to a committee for more study, where it will die when Congress adjourns at the end of this year. It was a quiet end to a saga that had bedeviled GOP leaders for more than a year, dating back to revelations that Mr. Koskinen ...

Pentagon officials hid study that reveals $125 billion in wasteful spending

According to recently obtained confidential memos, Pentagon authorities buried an internal study that reveals $125 billion in “administrative waste” out of fear Congress would further cut defense spending. The Washington Post has the scoop: Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results. The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense ...

Washington Free Beacon: More guns sold in 2016 than any other year

  Guns are flying off shelves in 2016 like milk and bread during snowstorms, as FBI authorities conducted more gun-related background checks this year than any other in history, according to a National Criminal Background Check System report. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: So far this year, the FBI has processed 24,767,514 checks through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, which puts 2016 more than 160,000 checks above the yearly record set in 2015. The record comes after November 2016 set its own monthly record with 2,561,281 checks, nearly 320,000 more than the previous record set last ...