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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 08/23/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both out of town for their August district work period, and will stand in recess until Tuesday, September 8.   CLINTON EMAILS:  So much has happened on the Clinton email front over the last two weeks it’s hard to know where to start. So let me just tell you where we are now: Hillary’s email server has been turned over to the FBI. The FBI has also taken possession of the thumb drive held by Clinton lawyer David Kendall, the thumb drive that contains copies of all the emails she forwarded to the State Department – hundreds of which, it now appears, contained classified information, ...

Memo from Jenny Beth Martin Addressing Tea Party Patriots’ Involvement Fighting Amnesty

In light of a recent article that appeared on Breitbart News entitled “Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Encourages Conservatives to Give Rubio Chance to Implement Immigration Agenda,” it is necessary to correct the record about our organization’s deep commitment over the past few years to preventing amnesty and defending the rule of law. The background story behind that Breitbart piece is that I wrote a short op-ed for USA Today in which I defended politicians who change their minds. USA Today requested the article and specifically asked for a defense of the concept of “flip-flopping” by politicians. The paper asked me to reflect on both ...

Grassroots efforts are making a difference on the Congressional Exemption

Sign Our Petition To Stop Congressional Exemptions From Obamacare! Last night on Fox News, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker promised to end Congress’ special exemption from Obamacare. Walker said ending the exemption for Congress will “light a fire” under lawmakers and give them reason to fully repeal President Obama’s failed government takeover of Americans’ health care. Governor Walker was interviewed by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream on the topic: BREAM: Alright, you have talked about baseline repealing Obamacare, that is agenda item number one. It’s been attempted many times on Capitol Hill, but you say as President Walker you ...

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Tea Party Patriots Signs On To Congressional Ethics Complaint

Tea Party Patriots has stood in opposition to Obamacare since it was a bill being debated on the House floor. In recent months, we have focused our efforts into getting rid of the Congressional Exemption. The Congressional Exemption: where Congress, with it's more than 12,000 employees, classifies itself as a small business in order to receive a subsidy not available to everyday Americans. Jenny Beth Martin, in her capacity as co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, signed her name this week to an official House of Representatives ethics complaint filed by Citizens Against Government Waste. We joined the organizations FreedomWorks, ForAmerica, ...

Sanctuary City Policies Causing Law Enforcement “Breakdown”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is demanding immigration and criminal background information on the illegal immigrant that allegedly raped and murdered a woman in Santa Maria, California. The Iowa Republican reports: WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is seeking details on the immigration and criminal background of an alleged murderer and why he was never deported following prior arrests or convictions. Just five days after being released from custody following a firearm-related conviction, Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez allegedly raped, tortured and murdered Marilyn Pharis in Santa Maria, ...

Congress’ ObamaCare Exemption May Cause Political Trouble At Home (Jenny Beth Martin Op-Ed in Investor’s Business Daily)

Did the Internal Revenue Service just blow Congress' cover? Because what the IRS just did is going to ensure that an awful lot of small-business owners (every member's favorite politically approved special interest) find out something Congress wants very much to keep hidden — its special exemption from ObamaCare. Beginning on July 1, the IRS started imposing a penalty on small-business ... Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/070915-761020-irs-rules-force-small-businesses-to-pay-penalties-but-not-congress.htm#ixzz3inUe85G9

Watchdog Organization Taking Congress To Task Over Obamacare Exemptions

Sign Our Petition To Stop Congressional Exemptions From Obamacare! Mom-and-pop-business owners nationwide are miffed the more than 12,000 congressional staffers and their dependents are able to receive Obamacare subsidies under Congress' "small business" exemption – and those at Judicial Watch are refusing to roll over on the issue. Reports The Daily Caller: A conservative non-profit watchdog group is challenging what it views as the fraudulent registration of Congress as a small business in the District of Columbia’s Obamacare health insurance exchange. Being considered a small business makes it possible for the exchange to give D.C. ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 08/09/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both on their August district work period, and will stand in recess until Tuesday, September 8. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate came back into session at 2 PM Monday. They began by considering the Motion To Proceed to S. 1881, prohibiting Federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The motion failed, by a vote of 53-46. Sen. McConnell flipped his vote at the end to the “Nay” side so he can bring up the bill again at a later date if he so desires. Then the Senate moved to take up S. 754, the Cybersecurity bill. This bill was reported out by the Intelligence Committee by a vote of 14-1, so it ...

Senate Report Finds IRS is Prone to Abuse – Tea Party Patriots Respond

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee released a report of their two-year investigation into the IRS's treatment of tax-exempt organizations, which found "gross mismanagement at the highest levels of the IRS and confirm[ed] an unacceptable truth: that the IRS is prone to abuse,” according to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Jenny Beth Martin, the President and Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, which had its tax-exempt status held up by the IRS for years, issued the following statement: "The  Senate Finance Committee Report confirms what Tea Party Patriots already knew: The targeting did indeed happen, IRS employees obstructed justice, and the White ...