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Jenny Beth’s Journal: Overall, Americans pleased with Trump’s first 100 days

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says President Donald Trump’s first 100 days – while not perfect – are a step in the right direction, especially when it comes to immigration and regulatory reform. The Washington Times has the commentary: On the immigration front, Mr. Trump has already made good on his campaign promise to get tough on illegal immigration, and his policies have had the direct effect of driving down illegal border crossings to a 17-year low. On the economic front, Mr. Trump has already removed more job-killing regulations than any president in U.S. history — with an estimated net annual savings of $18 ...

DHS fails to arrest more than 99 percent of men, women who overstay visa

Authorities at the Department of Homeland Security don’t catch more than 99 percent of those in the U.S. who overstay their visa, according to a new inspector-general report. The Washington Examiner has the story: The Office of Inspector General at DHS estimated in its report that there were 527,127 nonimmigrant visa overstays in 2015. Of those, officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents only arrested 3,402 — or only one for every 150 cases. The inspector general added that there is a backlog of 1.2 million expired visa cases. According to the IG, one problem is that the agency's technology used to "identify nonimmigrant ...

Washington Examiner: House ‘narrowly’ passes legislation that would partially repeal Obamacare

House Republicans barely mustered enough votes to pass legislation that, if signed into law, would only partially repeal Obamacare but supporters of the bill assure skeptics it’s the first step toward fully repealing former President Obama’s signature health-insurance law. The Washington Examiner has the details: The House voted 217-213 to pass the amended American Health Care Act, after deciding late Wednesday that the votes were there thanks to last-minute changes that appealed to centrists. When the vote was called, 20 Republicans voted against it, just under the threshold of 22 GOP lawmakers that could vote against it and still have it ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: $1 trillion spending bill isn’t ‘what Trump voters wanted or expected’

President Donald J. Trump during the election talked a ‘big-league’ game about shaking things up in Washington, D.C. but, if the $1 trillion spending bill heading to his desk is any indication, President Trump has botched the art of this deal and continues the trend of leaving hardworking taxpayers out to dry, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column. The Hill has the commentary: [President Trump] got rolled so badly [on the spending bill] that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi bragged about it openly. And why shouldn’t they brag? From minority positions, they: ...

Tea Party Patriots Applauds House Freedom Caucus, President Trump & Vice President Pence for Negotiating Forward Movement Toward Obamacare Repeal

Tea Party Group Calls on Senate to Keep McConnell’s Promise to Repeal Obamacare ‘Root and Branch’ Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, reacting to the House of Representatives’ vote to pass an amended version of the American Health Care Act. “During the 2016 campaign, Republicans from President Trump to Speaker Paul Ryan to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the caucuses they lead in Congress made a promise that virtually all Republicans have been making since 2010: To repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that restores health care freedom, ...

Unemployment applications in April far below projections

Fewer men and women are applying for unemployment benefits, as the numbers in the latest jobless-claims report are far below what some analysts projected: 238,000 at the end of April instead of the projected 246,000. The Washington Examiner has the story: Even better, the Labor Department's release revealed that the total number of people receiving unemployment benefits, which are available for up to 26 weeks in most states, fell to 1.96 million, the lowest level in 17 years. Over the past month, the average number of total continuing claims was 1.99 million, a number not seen since late 1988, when Ronald Reagan was still president and the ...

Last Obamacare exchange in one Iowa county set to fold

Yet another of the health-insurance exchanges set up in the wake of Obamacare’s passage will likely fold in the days ahead as it struggles to meet its bottom line. The Washington Examiner has the details: The Des Moines Register reports that after the exit of Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield from Iowa's exchange, the only other insurer in 94 of Iowa's 99 counties is plotting its exit as well. You might think the exit of all competitors would be a boon for the last remaining insurer, but this is not the case, thanks to two of the important Obamacare rules that are a constant subject of discussion: "Community rating," which ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 4/30/17

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30, and will stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote scheduled no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, and will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday and took up and passed two bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Wednesday, the House took up and passed the rule for H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act. Later that day the House took up and passed the bill, by a vote of 378-48. The bill changes the process for choosing the head of the U.S. ...

Tea Party Patriots: Gov. Christie’s Attempted Extortion of Horizon Threatens New Jerseyans’ Healthcare Security

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin issued the following statement today in response to the news that Standard & Poor’s has given an “A” credit rating to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. “Conservatives believe deeply in the power of free markets, and we are greatly concerned about Governor Chris Christie’s attempt to extort a private company into turning over customer premiums to fund an expansion of government. Governor Christie has shown little regard for fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by the fact that New Jersey’s own credit rating has been downgraded 11 times during ...

Report: More than 345 VA employees draw federal salary even when they’re not working for the fed

About 346 Department of Veterans Affairs employees spend their working hours not in service to the federal government but in service to their union — all this while still receiving a federal salary — a widespread practice known as "official time," according to a new report. The Washington Examiner has the story: That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue. Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Texas, a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, thinks the ...