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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 ...

Senator Lankford releases second “Federal Fumbles” report

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) recently released his second edition of “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball,” documenting wasteful government spending of the last few years. “The book highlights irresponsible grants, similar or even identical programs that exist across multiple federal agencies, and money spent inefficiently. For many of the entries, you will find legislative solutions to eliminate wasteful spending and force agencies to make more responsible decisions,” writes Sen. Lankford. U.S. national debt will round $19.5 trillion by the end of December and will reach $22 trillion within the decade, projects ...

Martin: Rep. Price Will Fight to Repeal Obamacare

Atlanta, Ga. – Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today reacting to the news that President-elect Donald Trump has selected Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. “Tom Price is an outstanding choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services; he knows the true pain Obamacare has caused and is 100 percent for repeal.  He stood with me the Saturday before Obamacare passed the House watching the crowd of over 50,000 people. He saw their passion and anger that weekend and he has heard from constituents, physicians, and fellow Americans around the country ...

Beware the lame duck

The election might be over, but Congress still has time to grow the government and spend more of your hard-earned money with the lame-duck session. Yet again, lawmakers have to vote on a massive spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. What’s the worst that can happen in a lame-duck session? Conservative Review has some examples, including this one: Then there was that time a lame-duck former reindeer farmer changed his vote to help pass a massive $1 trillion spending bill: In 2014, House conservatives almost defeated a $1 trillion continuing resolution. When then-Speaker John Boehner realized the spending bill was going down, he convin...

The future of Obamacare ‘insurer bailouts’ is not looking good

President-elect Donald Trump is bad news for insurance companies who hope that Congress will bail them out with changes to two Obamacare programs. The programs sunset at the end of this year, but conservatives are staying vigilant against the possibility that Congress will try to use the lame-duck session to give insurers more money. Insurance companies have spent millions lobbying lawmakers to keep the risk corridor and reinsurance programs. The Daily Signal reported: Conservative groups like Freedom Partners and Republican lawmakers have cautioned that the Justice Department could attempt to settle with insurance companies and tap into ...

‘Other’ spending is expanding the national debt by trillions

Think you understand the size and scope of the national debt? It’s growing much more quickly than you think thanks to the many ways the government borrows money, according to an analysis from the Washington Examiner. While most people assume the national debt grows each year because of the budget deficit, that’s not the only way that national debt expands. In the last 10 years, the national debt has actually expanded past the collective sum of adding every year's budget deficit together … by more than $3 trillion. That difference comes from two main things: Decisions related to federal lending (e.g., student loans, mortgage progra...

Policy expert: President Obama planning ‘backdoor attempt’ to bail out insurers

President Obama is working on using a special fund to bail out insurers who claim they lost money on the Obamacare exchanges – a plan that bypasses the consent of Congress. National Review has the commentary: If it successfully executes this plan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will have circumvented Congress to secure a taxpayer bailout for insurers — directly contradicting Congress’s intentions as expressed by multiple spending bills, and possibly violating federal law. Currently, insurers are suing HHS for more than $2.5 billion promised them under ACA’s “risk corridor” program, which was designed to ...

Sanctuary-city mayors nationwide renew calls to rebel against federal-immigration laws

Mayors across the country – from San Francisco to New York City – say they will continue to shield criminal illegal immigrants from federal immigration laws despite calls from President-elect Donald J. Trump for local law-enforcement authorities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Bloomberg has the story: Municipalities that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation stand to lose billions in federal aid if President-elect Donald Trump fulfills promises to starve them financially. More than 200 U.S. ‘sanctuary cities’ won’t turn over people to federal officers seeking to deport them nor share information about ...

Senator Lankford: ‘Burdening debt’ threatens national defense

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week announced at that, the end of the month, he will release his second annual “Federal Fumbles” report, a publication intended to draw attention to and encourage lawmakers to curb wasteful government programs that increase our debt which, says Sen. Lankford, threatens military readiness. The Daily Signal has the story: “[Addressing our national debt] should be a top priority because if we are going to look at our national defense and being able to have a strong military and a good [Veterans Affairs] program … we cannot have a burdening debt and we cannot have a rising amount of interest,” he said. ...

Tea Party Patriots: Undoing House Earmark Ban “Show of Callous Cynicism and Hypocrisy”

Reacting to reports that Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Tom Rooney of Florida are pushing a proposal to undo the House ban on earmarks, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement: "Any Member of Congress who votes to bring back old-school, back-room, pork-barrel spending through earmarks is putting him or herself firmly against the American people who just elected Donald Trump president, as he campaigned emphatically on the issue of draining the swamp in Washington. Did they learn nothing at all from these elections? People are tired of ...