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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Primary objective’ in Obamacare-repeal negotiation is to lower insurance premiums

House Freedom Caucus champions Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.); Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) recently sat down with POLITICO to talk about recent negotiations with the Trump administration concerning Obamacare-repeal legislation and what it should look like the second time around. “We were talking about a couple things – making sure that pre-existing conditions continue to stay protected, making sure that health care is affordable but the primary objective has been will be – always will be – is lower insurance premiums. And, if we don’t do that, we will have failed,” says Rep. Meadows. Members of the House Freedom ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/2/17

CALENDAR: The House will return Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday. The Senate will return Monday, with the first vote set to take place at 5:30 PM. The Senate is set to stay in session through Friday. And then Congress will break for two weeks for the Easter Recess. The Senate will be back in session on Monday, April 24, and the House will be back in session on Tuesday, April 25. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday evening and proceeded to take up and pass two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, the House took up and ...

Tea Party Patriots: IRS Must Immediately Release All New Documents Potentially Related to Targeting

Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, in response to reports that the IRS found new documents potentially related to the agency's targeting scandal, in which conservatives were targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama Administration. "Years after the Obama Justice Department refused to conduct any real investigation of the IRS targeting scandal, in which conservatives were targeted for their political beliefs, and during which former president Obama laughed it off and claimed there was ‘not a smidgen’ of corruption at the IRS, and years after IRS Commissioner Koskinen ...

Report: 300 sanctuary cities allegedly shielded 17,000 criminal illegal immigrants

Local officials in so-called sanctuary cities are under fire this week for allegedly shielding from deportation more than 17,000 criminal illegal immigrants by ignoring federal detainers that order local law enforcement to hold suspects until federal authorities are able to intervene. The Washington Examiner has the story: The explosive growth of so-called "sanctuary cities," under fire Wednesday by President Trump, has reached over 300 and blocked federal officials from seizing, and likely deporting, more than 17,000 criminal illegals. The Center for Immigration Studies, which has collected the names of every sanctuary, reports: "Over the ...

Daily Signal: ‘The American people don’t like Obamacare and never have’

President-elect Donald Trump's victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicates Americans’ general displeasure with career politicians but perhaps more so his victory underscores a deep-seated dissatisfaction with President Obama’s signature health-insurance law, the so-called “Affordable Care Act” — poorly thought out, crammed through Congress without due diligence and protected against legal challenges by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Daily Signal has the story: The American people don’t like Obamacare and never have, and it’s not hard to see why. Pew and Gallup both report that year after year, more Americans say the ...

IRS persists in singling out, delaying tea-party groups’ tax-exempt-status applications

Authorities at the Internal Revenue Service after promising to speed up processing on long-in-limbo tax-exempt-status applications of conservative groups is reversing course and doubling down on their demands for additional documentation. The Washington Times has the scoop: More jarringly, the IRS then publicly released one of the sets of questions it sent to the Texas Patriots Tea Party — a move the group’s lawyer says puts secret taxpayer return information, supposed to be protected, out in the public. Tax experts say the IRS may be on safe legal ground, since the filing was made as part of a court case, and that’s one of the few narrow ...

Former IRS exec Lois Learner broke the law in a major way, documents suggest

Disgraced IRS executive Lois Lerner, who resigned after it came to light she was the driving force behind the agency’s targeting of Americans for their political beliefs, may have illegally handed over more than a million pages of Americans’ confidential tax returns. National Review has the scoop: Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department. It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/12/16

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/12/16 CALENDAR: The House will return on Tuesday, June 7, and remain in session through Friday, June 10. The Senate will return on Monday, June 6, and stay in session through Friday, June 10. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. The House was in recess last week. But the week before they left for the Memorial Day recess – excuse me, “District Work Period” – was chock full of fireworks, even though the House only voted on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. The House came back to work on Monday, May 23, and moved to take up no fewer than 30 bills on the Suspens...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 6/5/16

  CALENDAR: The House will return on Tuesday, June 7, and remain in session through Friday, June 10. The Senate will return on Monday, June 6, and stay in session through Friday, June 10. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess last week. But the week before they left for the Memorial Day recess – excuse me, “District Work Period” – was chock full of fireworks, even though the House only voted on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. The House came back to work on Monday, May 23, and moved to take up no fewer than 30 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Though most of them were the standard fare ...