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The REINS Act and Lloyd Rogers: A Tea Party Success Story

by Phil Kerpen The House is poised to pass a fundamental reform that would transform the country’s regulatory system and restore the basic constitutional principle that Congress is responsible for writing the laws in this country. The reform bill is called the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, and it started two years ago as an idea in the head of a remarkable 78-year-old tea party activist in Alexandria, Kentucky named Lloyd Rogers. In 2009 Rogers went to meet with his congressman, U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.). Both were outraged about an EPA stormwater management consent decree that cost the three northern ...

Tea Party Patriots: Undoing House Earmark Ban “Show of Callous Cynicism and Hypocrisy”

Reacting to reports that Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of Alabama and Tom Rooney of Florida are pushing a proposal to undo the House ban on earmarks, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement: "Any Member of Congress who votes to bring back old-school, back-room, pork-barrel spending through earmarks is putting him or herself firmly against the American people who just elected Donald Trump president, as he campaigned emphatically on the issue of draining the swamp in Washington. Did they learn nothing at all from these elections? People are tired of ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 5/15/16

  CALENDAR: The House comes back into session on Monday, May 16, and will be in session through Thursday, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return to session on Monday, May 16, and will be in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Tuesday, and took up 21 bills under Suspension. But I’m going to skip most of what happened on the House floor last week, because the only thing of great significance that happened was the consideration and passage of a dozen and a half different but related measures, all dealing with various aspects of the nation’s ...

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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/03/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess and will not return until Tuesday, April 12. The Senate will come back into session until Monday, April 4. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: They were in recess.  THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  They are still in recess. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:  They were in recess last week.  THIS WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: When the Senate returns on Monday, April 4, the Senate will vote on passage of S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. After that, they could spend time on FAA reauthorization, appropriations bills, or the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Frankly, I’d bet they’re going ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/3/16

CALENDAR:  The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session through Friday. The Senate will remain in recess through the course of this week, and won’t be back until next week.   THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  No votes will take place before 6:30 PM Tuesday. At that point, we expect a quorum call to establish that a quorum exists in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 114th Congress. On Wednesday, the House will vote to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the budget reconciliation bill – officially, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This is the ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 12/13/15

CALENDAR: The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. The Senate returns Monday, with the first vote late on Monday afternoon, and will stay in session long enough to pass the omnibus appropriations bill and, maybe, the tax extenders bill. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session last Monday and took up and passed two bills under Suspension, both by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House planned a simple day – eight bills to be passed under Suspension. The Democrats had other plans. Determined to shift attention from ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/08/15

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week. The House will return on Monday, November 16. The Senate, on the other hand, will return on Monday, November 9. They’ll stay in Monday and Tuesday, then take a break Wednesday for Veterans Day, then return Thursday and Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday with nine bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, the House took up a bill on the Suspension Calendar, then moved to take up H.R. 22, House amendments to Senate amendments to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act – otherwise known as the highway funding bill. ...

Call to Action: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Ex-Im Re-Authorization

Today, Nancy Pelosi is working hard to bring back another wasteful and corrupt government program that uses our tax dollars to line the pockets of some of the world’s largest corporations. Call now and tell these Congressmen NOT to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). A vote on reauthorization is expected today, so act fast! That’s right! While everyone has been distracted by the race for Speaker of the House, some Members of Congress have been trying to revive this wasteful government program. The Ex-Im Bank sends billions of our tax dollars to countries that violate human rights and undermine democracy – using our hard earned ...

You Won’t Believe What Happened in GOP Conference Last Night

As you've probably heard from media reports by now, last night Rep. Paul Ryan gave a speech to his colleagues in the Republican Conference meeting that he would accept the job of Speaker of the House as long as he could be a unifying force AND as long as the 3 major factions in the House got behind him. Oh, and there's one other thing. He wants the Republican Conference to change the rules of the House to remove the power of Members to issue a motion to vacate the chair - which you'll recall is the mechanism that Mark Meadows of North Carolina used to ultimately force John Boehner to step down. So Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker as long as he can ...