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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 ...

Trump administration announces ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to overhaul tax code

The White House Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated plans for an overhaul of our tax system that would simplify the tax code and cuts rates for people and businesses. The Washington Times has the story: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” said Gary Cohn, director of the president’s National Economic Council, who presented the plan to reporters at the White House. He said the president was ready to go to the mat to get tax reform enacted... The proposal he outlined would eliminate every tax deduction except those that are most popular among middle-class families — those for home mortgage intere...

Rep. Lamar Smith demanding DOJ prosecute Hillary Clinton’s private server team over stonewalling

Lawmakers are crying "Foul!" — and rightfully so — over the internet company Hillary Clinton hired to run her private, off-the-books email server, as the company has been giving congressional investigators the runaround for more than a year — something prompting leading lawmakers to take the case to President Trump's Justice Department for prosecution. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has asked the DOJ to prosecute Platte River Networks CEO Treve Suazo for obstructing a congressional investigation into his company’s role in provid...