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Conservatives respond to …

... Governor Christie’s $200 million pork barrel spending budget giveaway “Governor Chris Christie has sold his political soul. After a failed extortion attempt to get Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to fork over $300 million from their reserves to pay for his political pet projects, he has now capitulated to the pork barrel budget spending wishes of Democrats to get his hands-on Horizon’s money. It is the 11th hour and he is desperate. “Christie doesn’t care one ounce that his reckless healthcare money grab will saddle millions of New Jersey taxpayers and patients with more taxes, less healthcare and exorbitant legal ...

Poll: Basic freedoms important to most gun owners

A new poll released by the Pew Research Center shows that gun owners – more so than those who don’t own guns – believe constitutional rights are essential to preserve freedom. The Washington Free Beacon has the full story: The Pew Research Center's report on guns in America found that 94 percent of gun owners believe freedom of speech is essential to freedom compared with 92 percent of those who do not own a gun. Ninety-two percent of gun owners believe the right to vote is essential compared with 89 percent of non-owners. Eighty-nine percent of gun owners believe the right to privacy is essential compared with 86 percent of non-owners. ...

Senate Republicans release healthcare bill that would supposedly “trim the fat”

Early reports of the Senate healthcare bill released on Thursday say the bill would make changes to Medicaid, to tax credits for individuals purchasing plans, and would remove most of the taxes imposed by Obamacare. Similar to the House bill, the Senate bill aims to make some key changes to Obamacare including the removal of the individual and employer mandates (at least in word). Tea Party Patriots is still analyzing the proposed legislation and will seek guidance from our supporters before we take an official position on the bill. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, read more from the Washington Examiner, including the draft text of the ...

Speaker Ryan: Anthem Obamacare withdrawal in Wisc., Indiana forcing people to ‘scramble’ to find new plans, doctors

Anthem announced yesterday that it would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges for Indiana and Wisconsin in 2018. The health insurance plan provider will still provide plans off the exchange for a select few counties in both states; however, purchasers will not be able to use tax subsidies for their coverages. The Washington Examiner has the full story: Anthem said in a statement it made its decision because "the individual market remains volatile." It blamed uncertainty ahead over whether it would receive insurance payments from the federal government, as well as whether the government would enforce the Obamacare law that requires people to have ...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: Trump’s budget plan ‘is what a balanced budget looks like’

“This is what a balanced budget looks like,” Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said, remaining on-topic as he stood strong supporting Trump’s $1.6 billion in funding cuts while liberals from several committees peppered Zinke with questions regarding Trump and other questions unrelated to the budget. The Washington Post has the commentary: “I support the president’s budget,” Zinke said, tough decisions and all. “It does not favor oil and gas and coal over any other strategy.” Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) supported Trump’s effort to seek revenue from gas exploration in her state, which she said ...

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 ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: U.S. is ‘losing its edge as the leader in innovation’

Property and patent rights have taken a hit in the U.S. – so much so that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center announced the U.S. dropped to tenth place in its annual worldwide ranking of countries that protect patent rights. Our government needs to empower – not discourage – individuals to create and be innovative, says Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. The Hill has the commentary: What happens when the protections and incentives you have long afforded inventors begin to weaken? Predictably, you get fewer inventions. According to recent data from the World Intellectual ...

DHS rescinds DAPA policy that would have shielded illegal-immigrant parents whose children are lawful residents

The Department of Homeland Security this week rescinded DAPA, an Obama-era immigration policy that – if it weren’t in limbo per a Supreme Court stay on a lower-court injunction – would have authorized three-year work permits for the illegal-immigrant parents of children who are lawful U.S. residents. The Washington Examiner has the details: DHS Secretary John Kelly signed a memo on Thursday directing his employees not to carry out an instruction his predecessor, Jeh Johnson, had put in writing in November 2014 that sought to extend a 2012 program aimed at the illegal immigrant community. Kelly made the decision to revoke the policy ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: American “comedians” stooping to ‘new depths of incivility’

The political rhetoric that permeates American late-night “comedy” has reached a new low, as liberal pundits attack their political opponents using the same – and worse! – vulgarities those same liberal pundits use as ammunition to condemn their opponents. Basically, if you’re a liberal attacking conservatives, anything goes in today’s society; that needs to change, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest opinion piece. The Washington Times has the commentary: Concurrent with the decline of creativity among elite artists has been the dramatic decline of civility – and in its place, crassness and crudeness ...

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 ...