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Jenny Beth Martin: Trump administration takes ‘its boldest step yet’ with tax-cut plan

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column says President Donald J. Trump's recently released tax-cut plan is his administration's 'boldest step yet' as it will grease the wheels on what has for years been an otherwise sluggish economy. The Hill has the commentary: Wednesday, the Trump administration delivered a two-fer: On the one hand, it took its boldest step yet in its quest to drain the swamp that is Washington, D.C., while on the other hand it played its strongest card in its effort to jump-start the kind of economic boom that would extend the benefits of the anemic Obama “recovery” beyond the bicoastal elites ...

Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s Manipulation of the Free Market will Leave Consumers to Foot the Bill

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder, Jenny Beth Martin, in response to Governor Chris Christie’s stepped-up attacks today on Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey over his proposal to take insurance premiums from Horizon for a new government program. “It’s unconscionable that Governor Christie continues to use taxpayer time and resources to try to extort money from a private company to fund his pet projects. When manipulation of the free market occurs, which Christie is attempting to do, consumers always end up footing the bill. In this case, it will be millions of New Jerseyans who rely on these critical funds ...

DHS overwhelmed, can’t keep up with workload: inspector-general report

Immigration officers are juggling a ballooning number of deportation cases but don’t have the manpower to tackle the cases in a timely manner – a deficiency that could be leaving sensitive, national-security cases on unresolved. The Washington Times has the details: The problem is so bad that officers may even be losing track of critical national security cases, the inspector general said. The surge of illegal immigrants under President Obama made the situation worse, adding hundreds of thousands of cases to the docket, even though officers weren’t given any new tools to help them deal with the backlog. Officers in D.C., average more ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Repealing Obamacare is ‘a promise we can and will keep’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed other tea-party lawmakers’ sentiment that members of the House Freedom Caucus and more mainstream Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will come to a compromise and finalize an Obamacare-repeal bill that will be able to pass in both chambers of Congress. WFAA8 ABC has the story: "We must repeal Obamacare," said Cruz (R-TX). "I think that's a promise we can and will keep. We've got some more work to do." The GOP’s first effort collapsed spectacularly on itself last month when Republicans couldn't muster enough support in their own party to get the president’s proposal passed. When asked whether ...

Sen. Ted Cruz: Judge Gorsuch ‘will be confirmed’ to the Supreme Court

Democrats’ threats of a potential filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination don’t hold water, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said during a gathering this week in front of the Supreme Court. The Daily Signal has the details: “The Democrats will not succeed in filibustering [Gorsuch],” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “Judge Gorsuch should be confirmed to the Supreme Court and he will be confirmed.” The other senators who gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court included Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Judiciary Committee members Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah. Several former ...

It costs lots of money to comply with federal tax law – here’s how much

Tax Day is approaching and Americans nationwide, in an effort to comply with federal tax law, lose $234 billion a year in man hours and direct expenses combined – and those figures are expected to climb even higher in the years ahead. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said that tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity. "The problem is the status quo—thinking that, well, if we don't do tax reform this year it will just be that bad," Sepp said. "No, the status quo is not the static quo—it's going to get worse." "The paperwork ...

AG Sessions pulling federal funding from cities that fail to comply with federal immigration law

Amid the controversy in Maryland over the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl by two young men, one of whom is an illegal immigrant who was detained and then released, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cracking down on cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws by cutting off federal funding. The Daily Signal has the details: “The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with [U.S. Code 1373] as a condition of receiving those awards,” Sessions said. U.S. Code 1373 is a law stating that localities cannot prevent the federal government from enforcing the nation...

Sen. Mike Lee: Judge Gorsuch approaches the law with “fierce independence,” “rigorous opinions”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is calling out partisan Democrats who are threatening gridlock on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Despite the judge’s impeccable legal record and uncontroversial nomination and confirmation to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats have questioned Gorsuch’s independence. Lee set the record straight in an op-ed for the Daily Signal, lauding Gorsuch’s record as a judge who applies the law neutrally and is not swayed by political influence. Sen. Lee wrote: In a former life, I had the good fortune of appearing before Gorsuch as a practicing attorney, so I know from personal ...

Gorsuch’s strong performance even wins over mainstream media, Dems

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won over conservatives with his standout record, but his impeccable performance in Senate hearings this week has earned the judge praise from media figures and some Democrats as well. The Washington Free Beacon reported: On CNN, Jeffrey Toobin said it was clear Gorsuch knew more about the law than any of the senators asking him questions, Wolf Blitzer praised him as "very knowledgeable," Patrick Healy said he had a "natural command," and Gloria Borger called him "completely qualified and everybody knows it." Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Gorsuch during the week over his prior rulings and ...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...