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Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin slams Chamber

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has a new op-ed[1] up in Investors Business Daily, questioning the wisdom of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s puzzling pro-amnesty stance.  The Chamber, says Martin,  is pushing for policy that will put a strain on the economy and the country’s finances, while distorting the rule of law. Writes Martin: Across Lafayette Park, facing the White House, sits an imposing stone structure, framed by ornate Corinthian columns and comprising a significant chunk of a full city block. It is home to the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the historic bastion of American business and indust...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 2

By Zayida Baker The top-down dynamic of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mirrors that of the federal government that it lobbies. This has affected its relationship with local chambers and with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla. Southerland is former chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. In his discussion of the national chamber, featured in the first part of this article, he spoke pointedly of the “U.S.” or “United States Chamber,” since he knows well the difference between it and the local chambers. Overall, he believes that local chambers serve small business much more than the U.S. Chamber does. Carol Roberts, president ...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 1

By Zayida Baker The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not necessarily represent local chambers and often acts against their wishes. Its relationship with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., has reflected this pattern from the beginning of his political career. In the fall of 2010, shortly after Southerland won the Republican primary to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Allen Boyd, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Boyd. Asked to comment in an interview with Tea Party Patriots, Southerland said plainly, “They bet on the wrong horse,” and appeared to smart a bit from the memory. The chamber’s choice was especially surprising because ...

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 – ...

Speaker of the House Ryan, Sen. Enzi announce introduction of resolution aimed at defunding Obamacare

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate today announced the first step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare – a concurrent resolution that authorizes four committees to “fast-track” the repeal process and “achieve at least $1 billion in deficit reduction” from fiscal years 2017 through 2026. “Today, we take the first steps to repair the nation’ broken healthcare system, removing Washington from the equation and putting control back where it belongs: with patients, their families, and their doctors,” Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) says in a statement. This on the heels of GOP assurances rolling back President Obama’s ...

Sen. David Perdue: Time to ‘usher in the return of the citizen legislator’

Lawmakers weren’t always in office year after year and decade after decade. It used to be that legislating was a secondary job held by ordinary Americans — and it still is that way in some legislative chambers around the country — but not so much anymore in Washington, D.C. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) explains why that’s a problem. The Daily Signal has the commentary: Now, more than ever, we should usher in the return of the citizen legislator. It is finally time that we impose term limits on members of Congress. Politicians should go to Washington, do their best, and then come home to live under the laws they’ve passed. It’s just ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 7/10/16

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Friday, with no votes later than 3:30 PM. And then begins the Summer Recess, which will last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. The Senate will return on Monday, July 11, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate will stay in session until Friday, at which point begins the Senate’s Summer Recess, which will also last for seven glorious weeks, until Tuesday, September 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess for the Fourth of July break from Friday, June 24 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/24/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess for the Fourth of July break, and will not return until Tuesday, July 5. The Senate will be back at work on Monday, June 27. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 13. They took up seven bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, June 14, the House took up two bills under Rules – including H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, offered by Rep. Peter Roskam of IL. That bill passed by a vote of 240-182, with but one Republican – Chris Gibson, of New York’s 19th congressional district – voting against it. So, no soup ...

Taxes, Spending, and Tax Credits Out of Control under Kurt Schaefer


Rep. Gohmert to gun-control nuts: ‘Radical Islam killed these people!’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) Wednesday challenged liberal members of Congress – staked out in the House Chamber for a so-called gun-control “sit in” – who demanded representatives in the wake of the Orlando terror attack vote on gun-control legislation that would tighten background checks for gun buyers – a measure, says Gohmert, that’s beside the point. “We are talking about radical Islam. Radical Islam killed these people!” Rep. Gohmert is heard saying to his liberal colleagues in Periscope footage filmed during the 16-hour demonstration. The legislation House liberals wanted a vote on would block those on the “no-fly” and ...