Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 04/20/15 Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR:   The House will return Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. It’s a short week – there are no votes scheduled after 3 PM on Thursday. The Senate will return tomorrow, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. We anticipate they’ll be in all week. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Last week’s “theme of the week” in the House was “Tax Freedom and Financial Independence.” The House voted on a number of bills regarding various aspects of ...

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Legislative Update for 04/12/15

Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR: The House and Senate return tomorrow from their two-week Easter Recess. There will be no votes in the House before 6:30 PM, and the Majority Leader expects no votes after 3 PM Thursday. The Senate, on the other hand, will be in all week, with no votes in the Senate before 5:30 PM tomorrow. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: This week’s “theme of the week” in the House is “Tax Freedom and Financial Independence,” and it will feature a series of votes aimed at reducing government burdens on taxpayers and reforming the ...

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Legislative Update for 03/29/15

Listen to the legislative update podcast here: CALENDAR: The House and Senate are both out of session for the next two weeks. LAST WEEK’S HOUSE FLOOR ACTION: As happens every now and then, I need to begin this week’s update with a correction to something I said last week. Last week, when I was discussing House floor action the week before, I said the House had passed the Rules for both H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Act, and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act. But I most specifically did NOT say the two bills had passed on the floor. ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/22/15

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Listen to the podcast here: CALENDAR: The House returns tomorrow, with first votes expected no earlier than 6:30 PM, and will be in session through Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return to work tomorrow, with the first vote taking place at 5:30 PM. They will be in session through Friday. At that point, both Houses will break for the Easter Recess, and they’ll be gone for the first two weeks of April. So don’t be surprised if the Thursday recess slips in the House, in case they can’t get the budget done the way they ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/15/15

Listen to the podcast here:   CALENDAR:   The House returns tomorrow, and will be in session through Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will return to work tomorrow, with the first vote taking place at 5:30 PM, and will be in session through Friday.   HOUSE FLOOR ACTION:   The House was in recess last week.   THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE:   The House will take votes Monday beginning at 6:30 PM. They’ll start with a series of six non-controversial bills under the ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/08/15

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week, and will not return to work until Monday, March 16. The Senate will return to work tomorrow, with the first vote taking place at 5:30 PM. HOUSE FLOOR ACTION: On Tuesday morning, Speaker Boehner told the House GOP Conference that they had three options before them regarding the DHS funding bill. They could move another short-term CR to allow more time to put pressure on Senate Democrats, or they could decide not to move any legislation at all, which would result in a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/01/15

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Listen to the legislative update here: CALENDAR:   The House will return to work on Monday, with first scheduled no earlier than 6:30 PM. They’ll stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will return to work on Monday, with the first order of business being the cloture vote on the motion to go to conference with the House on H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. That will take place at 5:30 PM.   On Tuesday morning, the House will host a Joint Session of Congress to hear ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/15/15

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Listen to the podcast here:   Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/15/15 CALENDAR: Both the House and Senate left town for the President’s Day recess, and will not return until Monday, February 23. SENATE FLOOR ACTION LAST WEEK: The Senate took three votes last week: * On Monday evening, by a vote of 92-0, the Senate confirmed Michael Botticelli to be Director of National Drug Control Policy. Apologies for last week, I mistakenly identified him as “Mark” Botticelli. * On Wednesday, by a vote of 98-0, the Senate passed ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/08/15

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Listen to the podcast here:   CALENDAR:   The House will return on Tuesday, and then be in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   SENATE FLOOR ACTION LAST WEEK:   Since we last talked two weeks ago, the Senate finished dealing with its amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill and passed it by a vote of 62-36 a week ago Thursday, on Jan. 29.   Last week the Senate tried to take up the House-passed DHS funding bill, H.R. 240, which contains the tough language we ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 01/25/15

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    CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return on Monday. The House will be in session from Monday through Wednesday, and will break then so House Democrats can go on their annual retreat. Don’t ask me why they couldn’t have scheduled their retreat for last week, when Republicans were in Hershey. The Senate will work all the way through Friday. SENATE FLOOR ACTION: Beginning on Tuesday, the Senate debated and voted on amendments to S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, which has been renamed the Keystone Jobs Bill. Over the course of ...

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