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Rep. Jeff Denham: Integrating VA, DOD electronic health records system ‘paramount’ to fixing care gap

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) says the Trump administration decision to integrate the Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health records system with the same system used by the Department of Defense is exactly the kind of update that is overdue and a move that will help fulfill our commitment to ‘accessible, timely and quality healthcare’ for our veterans. The Washington Examiner has the commentary:   The decision to integrate systems between the two agencies will not only ensure expediency in transferring and updating records as soon as possible, but it will also ease the transition for those retiring from active duty. Having ...

Sen. Grassley: Trump’s pick to lead immigration benefits agency ‘is truly an immigration expert’

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to send Lee Francis Cissna’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director nomination to the floor for a final vote in the Senate. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) heralded the nominee as an “immigration expert.” The Washington Times has the details: “He is truly an immigration expert,” said committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, who at one point had Mr. Cissna detailed to his staff to work on immigration policy issues. Mr. Grassley also said Mr. Cissna has had long experience at the Homeland Security Department, which oversees USCIS, giving ...

Ivanka Trump: There is ‘a level of viciousness that I was not expecting’

President Trump and his administration are continuously criticized and slandered by the media for their efforts to cut down on illegal immigration and “drain the swamp” –  so much so that Ivanka Trumps says she is surprised by the “level of viciousness” her family deals with. The Examiner has the details: "It is hard, and there is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting," she said on Fox News when asked how she copes with attacks from Democrats and the press. "I was not expecting the intensity of this experience." "But this isn't supposed to be easy," she said. "My father and this administration intends to be transformative, ...

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson: There is a ‘simple fix’ to cities disregarding federal immigration law

As Democrats continue to defend sanctuary cities, local law-enforcement officials suffer from liability lawsuits – something that needs to be addressed says Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) adding there is a “pretty simple fix” to the sanctuary-city tug-of-wars raging across the country. The Washington Times has the details: “Let’s pass a law to give those local law enforcement officials liability protection,” the Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said. “That could clear up this whole difference.” Sanctuary cities vary in their degree of refusal to cooperate with federal deportation efforts. ...

Rep. Kevin Brady: Ways and Means Committee ‘laser focused’ on passing Trump’s tax-cut blueprint

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) Tuesday says committee members are intent – even ‘laser focused’ – on enacting by the end of the year President Donald J. Trump’s proposed tax cuts, which include slashing personal income-tax rates and the corporate tax. The Washington Times has the story: House leaders have said they want to pass a tax package in 2017, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady said Tuesday they’re “laser focused” on getting it done this year. “The Trump team feels the same way, and the Senate as well,” Mr. Brady said on Fox News. Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Policy expert: ‘Obamacare death spiral continues’

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a policy expert with conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute, says the government health-insurance “death spiral continues” as enrollment in Obamacare has dropped nearly a quarter in the last year, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Free Beacon has the inside scoop: Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said that Congress needs to repeal and reform Obamacare without delay. "The Obamacare death spiral is continuing," she said. "As rates rise, healthy people drop out and the share of sick people rise, causing further increases in rates. Since these rates are capped ...

Social Security Administration Spends Astounding $32 Million in Taxpayer Funds on Conferences

The Social Security Administration spent an astounding $32 million of taxpayer money on conferences, according to an audit compiled by the agency’s own Office of the Inspector General. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the Social Security Administration spent in excess of $100,000 on more than 300 conferences to cover expenses like travel, lodging, and meals. The Free Beacon points out that the agency spent large sums on “guest speakers” as well: "On average, in [fiscal years] 2013 through 2016, SSA spent $742 per attendee on conferences," the inspector general said…"Conferences with guest speaker expenses ranged from $2,500 to about ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: Trump’s budget proposal puts taxpayers first

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column says President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget plan puts American taxpayers ahead of government bureaucrats who fund programs by signing away our children’s future. The Washington Times has the commentary: Under the current system – as practiced by both parties over the last several decades – the federal government sees citizens not as taxpayers, but as members of groups, groups that can be bought off with government benefits. Democrats prefer spending programs, Republicans prefer targeted tax incentives. Under this system, the government doesn’t think of the national ...

President Trump’s Budget Puts American Taxpayers First

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to the White House releasing the President’s 2018 budget. “Tea Party activists and grassroots conservatives appreciate that President Donald Trump and his administration are taking to heart their promise to ‘Drain the Swamp’ by constructing a budget based on the needs and expectations of the American taxpayer and not the impulses of bureaucrats and special interests in Washington, DC. It is not a perfect budget – if passed, it would balance in 10 years rather than five years, as advocated by Tea Party Patriots – ...

Poll: President Trump’s tax plan, Gorsuch confirmation bolsters approval rating

President Donald J. Trump’s recently released tax plan has elicited widespread support among his supporters – that, combined with the successful appointment of now-Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court have helped improve our commander in chief’s approval rating, according to a new poll. International Business Times has the details: The IBD/TIPP Presidential Leadership Index — which includes poll results on favorability, job approval, and leadership — climbed 7% to 42.6, marking the first month-over-month increase since Trump became president. "The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view ...