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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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/22/16

CALENDAR: The House comes back into session on Monday, May 23, and will be in session through Thursday, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM. Then the House will take the following week off for the Memorial Day District Work Period, and return on Tuesday, June 7. The Senate will return to session on Monday, May 23, with the first vote at 5:30 on the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016, and will be in session through Friday, at which point the Senate will join the House for a one-week District Work Period, and return on Monday, June 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back to work on Monday, and took up 10 bills ...

Wow — You’ll never believe what Sen. Harry Reid said 11 years ago – we even agree!

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is in hot water for apparently flip-flopping regarding his position on the role of the U.S. Senate in considering presidential nominees. "The duties of the United States Senate are set out in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote; it says appointments shall be made 'with the advice and consent of the Senate.' That's very different than saying that every nominee receives a vote," Sen. Reid said May of 2005 on the Senate Floor, C-SPAN footage shows. The U.S. Senate minority leader has been arguing the Senate is bound to ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/01/16

CALENDAR: The House and Senate have both gone into recess. The Senate will return on Monday, May 9, while the House will return on Tuesday, May 10. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned last Monday, and immediately went to work on 19 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, under Suspension of the Rules. MTB officially stands for “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill,” but House Republicans have unofficially renamed it “Manufacturing Tax Breaks.” The bill streamlines the process to allow manufacturing companies to cut costs on ...

Did hundreds of Washington influencers stay mum about Hillary’s illegal email setup?

Dozens upon dozens of reporters, judges and congressional and White House staffers may have known about Hillary Clinton’s shady use of a private email server long before it became headline news. The Washington Times has the details: Listed on some of the more than 28,000 messages Mrs. Clinton released so far are several White House chiefs of staff and a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, much of the rest of official Washington, and a number of people who had oversight of the State Department’s key operations and open-records obligations. President Obama was also on a series of messages, though the government is withholding ...

Aetna CEO: ‘We continue to have serious concerns’ about Obamacare marketplace

The chief executive officer of the third-largest health insurer in the nation this week said his company, Aetna, has some major misgivings about the viability of the public exchanges created under the president’s signature health-insurance law. The Hill has the story: “We continue to have serious concerns about the sustainability of the public exchanges,” Mark Bertolini said on an earnings call Monday, according to prepared remarks. He said the company remained concerned about “the overall stability of the risk pool.” Many insurers, including Aetna, have been losing money on the ObamaCare marketplaces, also known as exchanges, in ...

DHS: 500,000 foreign nationals overstayed their visas in 2015

A new Department of Homeland Security report released this week says more than 500,000 foreign nationals in the U.S. temporarily under the Visa Waiver Program in 2015 overstayed their welcome. The Washington Examiner has the story: A total of 527,127 people visiting the U.S. through both programs failed to leave and have remained in the country without legal status or lawful presence. According to the report, more than 90 percent of those who remained in the country illegally, a total of 482,781, were believed to still be present through the end of last year, according to Department of Homeland Security data. "These figures reveal the disinte...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 10/11/15

CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both in recess to observe the Columbus Day holiday. The House will return on Tuesday, October 20, and the Senate will return on Monday, October 19, with no votes before 11 AM on Tuesday, October 20. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Tuesday, and immediately moved to take up 10 bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3192, the Homebuyers Assistance Act, and H. Res. 461, establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the Planned Parenthood videos. That measure passed by a vote of 242-184, with ...

Income Inequality, Beltway Style

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help The Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad. It was a great house to raise a family – a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing ...