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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 08/02/15

CALENDAR: The House will stand in recess until Tuesday, September 8. The Senate will come back into session at 2 PM Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate plans to stay in session until Friday, at which time the Senate will join the House in the August recess, not to return until Tuesday, September 8.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House returned Monday, and took up 17 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Five of them required roll call votes, but passed easily; the other 12 all passed by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of ...

Jenny Beth Martin Testifies Before the Senate on the IRS Targeting Scandal

On July 29th both Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, and Tea Party Patriots legal counsel Cleta Mitchell appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on oversight, agency action, federal rights and federal courts to give testimony on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. Below is the video, and text of the testimony. You can see our complete timeline of Tea Party Patriots issues with IRS targeting here: http://www.teapartypatriots.org/irs-timeline/   Mr. Chairman, Senator Coons, members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify. As I’ve considered over the last few ...

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 ...

It’s Time To Investigate Congress’s Illegal Obamacare Designation!

Tea Party Patriots is proud to sign onto a joint letter started by our friend Phil Kerpen at American Commitment to demand answers about Congress’ special Obamacare exemption. It is addressed to Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Obamacare is causing insurance rates to skyrocket, coverage reductions, and massive job loss. Congress is noticing, but instead of repealing Obamacare, Congress decided to exclude themselves from the horrible law by illegally joining the Washington, D.C. Small Business healthcare exchange. Members of Congress and their staff could only join the exchange by ...

Jenny Beth Martin in The DC: Our best chance to repeal Obamacare

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin has new op-ed up at The Daily Caller about the best way to repeal Obamacare now – before it can do any more damage. As Martin notes, it’s been five long years since Obamacare became law and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi quipped that “We have to pass [Obamacare] to find out what’s in it.” Well, we’re finding out – and the country wants none of it. Writes Martin: Millions of Americans have lost their insurance because of Obamacare, and tens of millions have seen their premiums rise – perverse consequences of a bill the Democrats promised would provide universal, affordable health care ...

The IRS won’t turn over Lois Lerner’s emails. You’ll never believe why.

Remember last week when a federal judge started the countdown clock on the deadline for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to put up or shut up on Lois Lerner’s missing emails [1]? Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made it very clear: either release Lerner’s lost-and-found emails by Friday (June 12) or have a good explanation ready. On Monday, the IRS had its excuse ready. And it’s a doozy. Reports Fox Business [2]: The Internal Revenue Service may have found 6,400 emails from Lois Lerner, who oversaw the tax agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit, but the government agency has no plans to share....

Longtime combatant Neal B. Freeman looks at the GOP, and conservatives’ place in it, from the early days of NR on.

Note: This column originally appeared in National Review on December 4, 2013   I understand that you’ve been involved in the GOP civil war for some time. Only 50 years or so. I came in late.   How did you first become involved? I headed Youth for Goldwater in New York. Wasn’t Goldwater’s principal opponent for the Republican nomination, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York at the time? I had grown up in New York and at some point began to fear that Rockefeller would be governor for life. Mine, as well as his.   Why didn’t you support Rockefeller? His big-government Republicanism was ’roided up. ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, June 2

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: End the NSA dragnet (Op-ed) http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/06/01/end-nsa-dragnet/28276189/ HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Double-Digit Rate Hikes For 2016 Disclosed “After two years of relatively stable premiums across the country, rates will jump in 2016 by double-digit percentages for individual policy purchasers on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in practically every state, according to the first glimpse of proposed costs for next year released by the Obama administration. The rate increases aren’t a huge surprise as health insurers across the country in recent weeks have been disclosing ...

News Briefing for Monday, June 1

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Oklahoma's U.S. senators support extending surveillance programs to allow more time for debate “Ahead of a rare Sunday night session in the U.S. Senate, top leaders of the American Civil Liberities Union and the Tea Party Patriots said Friday the law allowing the collection of bulk telephone data should be allowed to expire this weekend. Jenny Beth Martin, president of the Tea Party Patriots, told reporters that the collection of so-called “metadata” regarding Americans’ telephone calls sounded harmless until one considered how much tracking of locations and movement it allowed. “It is violating our freedom and the Bill ...

News Briefing for May 30

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights (Op-ed) “Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, there was a seismic shift in the U.S. Congress. As the Senate deadlocked over what to do about several expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, it became clear that political momentum had moved away from surveillance and secrecy toward freedom and privacy….” http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0529-abdo-martin-nsa-20150529-story.html ACLU and Tea Party leaders unite against surveillance “It takes a travesty most vile to compel two groups that are essentially polar opposites to get together and call for reform. Enter the ...