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House Speaker Ryan: Republicans ‘close’ to Obamacare-repeal compromise

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) this week says establishment Republicans and members of the House Freedom Caucus are one step closer to a deal on a new Obama-repeal bill. The Washington Examiner has the details: Lawmakers are "negotiating finishing touches" on a compromise, Ryan told the London think tank Policy Exchange during an overseas trip Wednesday. "We have a system that is in dire need of reform," Ryan said, referring to Obamacare. Since lawmakers adjourned for recess nearly two weeks ago, talks have been continuing among conservatives and centrists to let states opt out of some Obamacare insurer mandates. Conservatives ...

Top Republicans calling on DOJ to reopen investigation into former IRS executive Lois Lerner

Two Republican congressmen are demanding authorities at the Department of Justice reopen the investigation into former IRS executive Lois Lerner, who oversaw IRS employees during the height of the scandal surrounding agency targeting of Americans for their political beliefs. The Washington Times has the details: Ms. Lerner was cleared after an investigation by the Obama administration but Reps. Kevin Brady and Peter Roskam, respectively the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and the panel’s tax policy subcommittee, say there are plenty of questions with how that probe was run, and said that a new look by the Trump administration’s ...

IRS still hasn’t gotten rid of policy it used to target tea partyers

The same policy that enabled authorities at the IRS to slow-roll the tax-exempt-status applications of tea-party groups remains on the books, according to a watchdog group. The Daily Caller has the story: The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday. The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involved a newsworthy topic. “Targeting was — ...

Expert: ‘Tax reform doesn’t need to be a bad romance between taxpayers and policymakers’

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance this Valentine’s Day is asking congressional lawmakers to show a little love for tax reform. The Hill has the details: The organization is running a campaign this week called “Love is Patient, Taxpayers Aren't” that is aimed at ensuring comprehensive tax reform stays a priority for lawmakers and their staff, the group said. As part of the campaign, TPA is sending eCards to all Congress members and their staff that feature Valentine's Day-themed tax facts. For example, an eCard would say “American Businesses pay between $18-19 billion to comply with taxes. That’s enough to buy nearly 900 million boxes ...

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 ...

Even Pres. Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says San Francisco sanctuary policies “counterproductive to public safety”

President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Tuesday finally joined the chorus of voices criticizing the "sanctuary city" policies in San Francisco many say led to the murder of Kate Steinle.  Steinle was allegedly shot by an illegal immigrant with prior convictions while walking along the San Francisco waterfront in July. The suspect was released from local custody prior to the shooting, despite a request from federal immigration officials he be kept in jail. Fox News reports: "It is counterproductive to public safety to have this level of resistance to working with our immigration enforcement personnel," he said during a talk ...

Conservatives to GOP: Americans Expect Republicans in Congress to Fight for the Conservative Agenda

Election 2014: A Conservative Victory November 5, 2014 Washington, D.C. The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on. - Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran on the full repeal of Obamacare. In most competitive races it was the top issue. Over 40,000 ads against Obamacare were run on behalf of winning candidates. The Republican House and Senate must now keep those campaign promises and use reconciliation to send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President. - All but one of the newly elected Republican Senators ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Obama’s game of high-stakes postelection policy poker

President Obama has been largely mum on details for his agenda after the 2014 Midterm Election. But that doesn’t mean Americans don’t know what to expect. In a new op-ed for The Washington Times, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin writes that even though President Obama keeps hidden details about his priorities, from Eric Holder’s replacement as Attorney General to immigration reform, the president’s past leaves little to the imagination. “When it comes to his plans for the next two years, though,” writes Martin, “Mr. Obama has provided the American people with plenty of ‘tells,’ which betray the strength or weaknes...

A Republic… If You Can Keep It

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?,” inquired the anxious woman outside Independence Hall. Benjamin Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel was profound. “A republic, Madame, if you can keep it.” His answer was more than a revelation of the government the framers had constructed under the new US Constitution. It was a charge – a challenge – to preserve what Abraham Lincoln would later characterize as “government of the people, by the people and for the people." Franklin understood the need for a perpetually vigilant citizenry to curtail a government, one such as ours today. Our government has forgotten its ...

Obama’s immigration “policy” is failing

The Obama Administration announced last Friday[1] that its solution to the wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children streaming into the U.S. is to use taxpayer funds to provide them with lawyers. The new program, which comes straight out of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, marks some new territory in the immigration debate. Not only is the federal government robbing Peter to pay Paul, they’re robbing Peter to pay for a law-breaking Paul’s legal defense. The plan calls for $2 million in grants to non-profits that will enroll attorneys and paralegals in a one-year program designed to represent immigrant children as their cases run ...