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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 ...

News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, March 19

HEALTHCARE: GOP aims to sink Obamacare with reconciliation But first they have to strike a difficult deal on an overall budget “Senate Republicans want to use a powerful budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Barack Obama’s health care law — particularly if the Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Obamacare this June. Using the fast-tracking procedure offers some advantage for Republicans, largely because a reconciliation package can’t be filibustered. But it’s not going to be easy. First, House and Senate Republicans need to agree on a budget resolution, which could be difficult with fiscal conserva...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 17

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker Joins Tea Party Patriots for a ‘Tele-Town Hall’ Tonight “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker join will joining Tea Party Patriots “for a national tele-town hall meeting tonight.” “Over the last four years, all Scott Walker does is win,” TPP President Jenny Beth Martin said. “Any Republican who can win three elections in four years – in a blue state – will be a force in 2016, and we look forward to hearing his conservative vision for a post-Obama America.” According to TPP, “The call will run from 8-9 p.m. EDT Monday, March 16. Anyone may take part by clicking here.“ http://www.nationalrevie...

News Briefing for March 14

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare special enrollment for penalty payers a one-time deal, admin says “The Obama administration said Friday the special enrollment period that kicks off this weekend for uninsured Americans who missed Obamacare’s signup deadline and face a tax penalty will be a one-time deal, as the nation confronts the confluence of health care and tax season for the first time. Customers in 37 states can select a health plan on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange between Sunday and April 30 if they meet three conditions — they’re paying the “individual mandate” tax for lacking insurance in 2014, they learned about the penalty ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Administration prepares for court showdown over Obamacare subsidies (Quote by Kevin Broughton) Argues law, negative outcomes if offsets reversed “Conservatives like Kevin Broughton, a spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots, said the administration and its Democratic allies have no one to blame but themselves after muscling their overhaul through Congress in 2010. “There has to be a presumption,” he said, “that the words in a statute mean what they say.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/2/obama-administration-prepares-for-court-showdown-o/     HEALTHCARE: Dems call for open ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 27, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: MITCH MCCONNELL CAVES (Quote by Jenny Beth Martin) The Senate GOP calls retreat on amnesty. “…And the third reaction? That came from Tea Party Patriots chair Jenny Beth Martin, who said in a statement: Throughout the election cycle Republicans vowed to do everything they could to stop the President's overreach. Now, the Republicans in the Senate under Majority Leader McConnell's guidance are playing games. Today we have learned that Sen. McConnell's plan is to bring a bill to the Senate floor that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security without defunding executive amnesty! Congress has the "power of the ...

News Briefing for Monday, February 23, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: A rare sighting: Republican presidential prospects come to California (TPP-sponsored event) ”California could become the kingmaker on the Republican side in June of 2016, and the people here are going to remember who came and asked for their vote instead of treating the state like an ATM,” said John Berry, statewide co-coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots group. Although Berry acknowledged that the chance of California going Republican in a general election is “a long shot,” he said conservative groups were working to influence elections large and small. The Unite Inland Empire coalition that sponsored the conserv...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Increased FY 2015 Spending Almost Entirely Due To Obamacare “Federal spending is growing by more than 8 percent for the first quarter of FY 2015, and Obamacare accounts for nearly the entire increase. In a Sunday op-ed for the Washington Times, economist Stephen Moore claims that, “A new Congressional Budget Office report has blown the lid off Obama’s whopper about health coverage,” namely his claim that Obamacare would reduce the budget deficit. “Most components of spending are relatively flat, and national defense outlays … are falling,” Moore notes, but “one area accounts for almost the entire budget blowout: Obamaca...

News Briefing for Saturday, February 7, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Affordable Care Act? Try 'Aggravating Challenge for Accountants' “Two of the most complicated facets of American life have just collided: health care and the federal income tax form. As set out in the Affordable Care Act, starting now health insurance has been woven into every individual federal tax form. Let’s ignore the effect on the ibuprofen market (investment tip?). For the IRS and for thousands of accountants, the result is a once-in-a-generation challenge: a new tax requirement for every American that could be violated accidentally, with ease. “This is a very very big change,” says tax accountant Poonam Bansal. “It ...