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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 08/09/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both on their August district work period, and will stand in recess until Tuesday, September 8. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate came back into session at 2 PM Monday. They began by considering the Motion To Proceed to S. 1881, prohibiting Federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The motion failed, by a vote of 53-46. Sen. McConnell flipped his vote at the end to the “Nay” side so he can bring up the bill again at a later date if he so desires. Then the Senate moved to take up S. 754, the Cybersecurity bill. This bill was reported out by the Intelligence Committee by a vote of 14-1, so it ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 05/31/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return to work tomorrow. The House will schedule no votes tomorrow before 6:30 PM, and will stay in session through Thursday, with no votes planned after 3 PM. The Senate will stay in session through Friday.   TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Before heading out of town for the Memorial Day recess, the House had a busy week. First up, on Monday, May 18, were a series of votes on bills under the Suspension Calendar. Using this procedure, the House passed H.R. 91, the Veterans I.D. Card Act; H.R. 1313, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business Relief Act; H.R. 1382, the Boosting ...

Tea Party Group Teams With ACLU, NAACP On Patriot Act (The Daily Caller – Matt Lewis)

Growing concerns about the Patriot Act’s renewal are creating strange bedfellows. The Tea Party Patriots and the ACLU are running TV ads urging Americans to “tell Congress [to] protect our privacy.”... Continue here.

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 05/03/15

Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR: The House will take a one-week recess, and return to work in Washington on Tuesday, May 12. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: So, the House started spending money last week. Even before the Budget Conference officially had come to agreement on spending levels for FY2016 and the rest of the decade, the House GOP Leadership had decided to move two appropriations bills to the floor – H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and H.R. ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15 Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Last week’s “theme of the week” in the House was “Tax Freedom and Financial Independence.” The House voted on a number of bills regarding various aspects of taxation, IRS targeting, and tax reform. You’ll recall I said last week that ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/15/15

Listen to the podcast here:   CALENDAR:   The House returns tomorrow, and will be in session through Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will return to work tomorrow, with the first vote taking place at 5:30 PM, and will be in session through Friday.   HOUSE FLOOR ACTION:   The House was in recess last week.   THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE:   The House will take votes Monday beginning at 6:30 PM. They’ll start with a series of six non-controversial bills under the Suspension Calendar. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, they’re scheduled to vote on ...

Tea Party Patriots’ King v. Burwell rally

King v. Burwell, the high-profile Supreme Court case which could mean the end of Obamacare, heard oral arguments on Wednesday. Tea Party Patriots was there outside the nation’s highest court in Washington, D.C. to demand we “Keep the IRS Out of My Healthcare!”   Joining us at the rally were two constitutional conservatives who have been leading the charge against Obamacare in the House of Representatives: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Rep. Louie Gomert (R-TX): https://twitter.com/TPPatriots/status/573151684744110080   In addition, Phil Kerpen of American Commitment railed against the union-funded pro-Obamacare ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 01/11/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return on Monday, and stay in session through Wednesday, at which point the two chambers will recess for the joint House-Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, PA.   HOUSE RULES PACKAGE: Immediately following the vote for Speaker, the House moved to adopt Rules for the 114th Congress. Among the new Rules of the House: Dynamic Scoring, which orders budget referees – the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation – to incorporate the economic effects of legislation into their cost estimates. Former Members of Congress who are now registered lobbyists can no longer use the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 9/21/14

House/Senate Action: Week of 9/15/14-9/21/14 The House and Senate are both in recess, and have no plans to return to Washington until after the November elections.   OBAMACARE: On Monday, the CBO released new projections for ObamaCare-related spending over the next decade. According to the study, payments for taxpayer subsidies flowing to citizens who get subsidies to buy the insurance off the exchanges will grow by eight-fold over the next ten years, growing from $17 billion in FY2014 to $137 billion in FY2024. Moreover, federal spending on Medicaid will double during the same time frame, growing from $265 billion in FY2013 (the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 4/27/14

House/Senate Action: Weeks of 4/14/14-4/27/14   The House and Senate were both in recess for the last two weeks.   The House will return on Monday and be in session through Thursday.   The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   MINIMUM WAGE:   The Senate will vote on Wednesday on a procedural motion to take up its bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But there’s significant doubt it will garner the 60 votes necessary to pass – and, interestingly, it’s not just because of solidified Senate GOP opposition, but because Harry Reid may not have his own Democratic Caucus ...