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Republican Congress has its sights set on Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare will sit atop the agenda come January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the heels of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s victory. Newsweek has the story: "It’s a pretty high item on our agenda," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at a press conference in the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. "And I would be shocked if we didn’t move forward, keeping our commitment to the American people." "It is the single worst piece of legislation among many bad pieces of legislation passed in the first two years of the Obama presidency," added McConnell, who will maintain his post at the helm of the Senate ...

Buchanan: National bankruptcy among ‘existential threats to the republic’

The severity of our national debt – which stands at $19.4 trillion – is being largely ignored by Congress and the media. That has to change. Otherwise, we’re headed off a cliff… The New Hampshire Union Leader has Pat Buchanan’s latest commentary on the issue:   On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion. With spending on the four biggest budget items — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense — rising, and GDP growing at 1 percent, future deficits will exceed this year’s projected $600 billion. National bankruptcy, then, is among the existential threats to the ...

Reps. Jordan, Pompeo: ‘The administration misled the public about the events in Benghazi’

House Benghazi Committee members Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) today released an addendum to the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s final report, as the two congressman believe the report released isn’t as hard-hitting as it ought to be. “Officials at the State Department, including Secretary Clinton, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. With the presidential election just 56 days away, rather than tell the American people the truth and increase the risk of losing an election, the administration told one story privately and a different story publicly. They publicly blamed ...

Tea Party Patriots Thank Senate Republicans for Doing Their Job to Ensure Americans Have a Voice in the Next Justice

ATLANTA, Ga - Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today after President Obama’s “lecture” at the University of Chicago. “The last thing the American people need is yet another ‘lecture’ from President Obama on the Constitution and the Supreme Court. This is the same president who lawlessly bypassed Congress to unilaterally grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, showing no respect for our Constitutional system of separated powers between co-equal branches of government. The American people know that President Obama is trying to bully Congress into helping him cement a liberal majority on ...

42 Republican senators join legal fight against Obama’s plan to grant work permits to illegal immigrants

A majority of Republican senators including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) are joining the legal battle against President Obama’s stayed executive order that would grant work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants. KJZZ has the details: The challengers, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas. They are arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. A lawsuit from 26 states, led by Texas, challenges the president's actions, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments later this month and ...

400 Plus Tea Party Patriots From Iowa Rally Behind Grassley (The Iowa Republican)

While some Republicans in the U.S Senate have softened their positions on whether or not hearing on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should be held, Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, has stood firm on his position not to hold hearings. http://theiowarepublican.com/2016/400-plus-tea-party-patriots-from-iowa-rally-behind-grassley/

FBI probe into Clinton could expand to include possible public-corruption charges

Hillary Clinton soon could face an expanded FBI probe into whether her use of a private email server to conduct official State Department business violated public corruption laws. Fox News has the exclusive: "The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said. The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. The Clinton ...

Republican senator calling on Speaker Ryan to take up tax reform in 2016

Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa), a member and former chair of the Senate finance committee, is lobbying for a simpler, flatter tax code and hopes reform will come as early as this year with help from now-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Iowa Public Radio has more info: "If we were going to have a simple reform, we would have one tax rate, with an exemption for low and middle income people," he says. One figure for that cut-off, which he says is often used, is $36,000, after which workers would be subject to a flat tax. Grassley says although it would lower the tax rate for many people, ultimately the government would collect more ...

House Republican: This must be the Congress that takes the ‘tough but necessary steps to reform our tax code’

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, during a hearing Tuesday stressed the importance of reforming the tax code in order to retain U.S. companies moving overseas to take advantage of lower tax rates. The Hill has the details: “This must be the Congress of action that takes the tough but necessary steps to reform our tax code," said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s tax-policy subcommittee. The hearing was the subcommittee’s first since Boustany became its chairman. Boustany said that since Congress last passed comprehensive tax reform in 1986, other ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...