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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/11/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session at noon Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. They anticipate staying through Thursday, with no votes later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back into session on 3 PM Monday, with no votes scheduled before 5:30 PM. At that point, the Senate is expected to vote on two amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, also known as Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization, or No Child Left Behind.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  On Tuesday evening of last week, the House adopted by voice vote three Democratic amendments that would restrict Confederate flag ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 06/14/15

  CALENDAR:   The House will come back on Monday, with no votes scheduled before 6:30 PM. The current schedule says they will stay in until Thursday, when the last vote will take place no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will come back Monday at 5:30 PM, at which time they’ll vote on two non-controversial nominees. They’ll stay in until Friday.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:   The House began its voting week on Tuesday with a series of non-controversial bills brought up under Suspension of the Rules. The first four passed by voice vote, including H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, June 2

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: End the NSA dragnet (Op-ed) http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/opinion/2015/06/01/end-nsa-dragnet/28276189/ HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Double-Digit Rate Hikes For 2016 Disclosed “After two years of relatively stable premiums across the country, rates will jump in 2016 by double-digit percentages for individual policy purchasers on public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in practically every state, according to the first glimpse of proposed costs for next year released by the Obama administration. The rate increases aren’t a huge surprise as health insurers across the country in recent weeks have been disclosing ...

News Briefing for Monday, April 27

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Leaves Behind Millions Of Lower Income Workers “Despite being designed to help the poor, certain aspects of Obamacare are holding millions of individuals back who fall into what is being called the “coverage gap.” Reverend Vann R. Ellison, the president of the Florida based St. Matthew’s House, is trying to bring attention to the issue which he says affects people that fall between the $10,000 and $12,000 a year income range. St. Matthew’s House, which takes care of roughly 1,500 people, provides food and shelter to those individuals trying to work their way out of poverty. “We generally deal with lower income ...

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

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 want to. LAST WEEK’S HOUSE FLOOR ACTION: On Tuesday, the House passed ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HEALTHCARE: We all win if Supremes gut ObamaCare “…If the high court reins in the subsidies, here’s what’s likely to happen: --People with ObamaCare subsidies will still be helped - No matter how the justices rule, it will have no impact on the poor. Nine out of every 10 people who are newly insured because of ObamaCare are on Medicaid, which will be unaffected. Yes, close to 6 million middle-class Americans get the questionable subsidies and so pay a fraction of their plan’s actual cost, while taxpayers pick up three-quarters of the bill. If the court nixes those subsidies, these people will be facing huge premium hikes — and the ...

News Briefing for Monday, February 23, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: A rare sighting: Republican presidential prospects come to California (TPP-sponsored event) ”California could become the kingmaker on the Republican side in June of 2016, and the people here are going to remember who came and asked for their vote instead of treating the state like an ATM,” said John Berry, statewide co-coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots group. Although Berry acknowledged that the chance of California going Republican in a general election is “a long shot,” he said conservative groups were working to influence elections large and small. The Unite Inland Empire coalition that sponsored the conserv...

News Briefing for Friday, February 20th, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare's Co-Ops: A Bigger Scandal Than Solyndra? “The decline and bankruptcy of insurance co-ops conceived by Obamacare is being trumpeted as another emblem of the law’s many failures. But the fiasco speaks to a much more parochial flaw that animates progressive PGR -0.15% views on healthcare. The co-ops aren’t dying only because they were hastily constructed, or poorly managed. Their disaster is far more willful and deliberate. They meant to lose money. Last year, the co-ops made a big bet. While private plans were raising their premiums for the second year of Obamacare, the co-ops proposed sharp cuts. Liberal policy makers ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Obama administration plans appeal (Quote by Jenny Beth) “…But it remains to be seen if the decision will provide a way out of a Homeland Security budget impasse that comes to a head on Feb. 27. While the court order remains under review, hard liners on illegal immigration have been pressuring congressional Republicans to permanently pull the funding from an executive order they see as illegal amnesty. Many see Hanen's order not as an exit ramp, but as a vise grip to exact concessions from Democrats. "We're hopeful this will be a wake-up call to Senate Democrats," said Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin. GOP ...

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

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 S. 295 as amended, the “Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution ...