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Jenny Beth Martin: Our most important responsibility is to hold Congress accountable

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan lately has been sounding defeatist notes in public speeches rather than outlining a hopeful, conservative agenda aimed at truly reining in spending and fully repealing Obamacare, Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin says in her latest column for The Washington Times. Jenny Beth says: Mr. Ryan portrays Tea Party conservatives as naïve for demanding repeal. Again, his words are instructive: “When voices in the conservative movement demand things that they know we can’t achieve with a Democrat in the White House, all that does is depress our base and in turn help Democrats stay in the White ...

Find out who just endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), shortly after landing the endorsement of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, landed a second endorsement equally as impressive ahead of the Iowa caucus Tuesday. Click here to find out who just endorsed the freshman senator from the Lone Star state who is championing the full repeal of Obamacare. PAID FOR BY TEA PARTY PATRIOTS CITIZENS FUND (TPPCF) NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE WWW.TEAPARTYPATRIOTSCITIZENSFUND.COM

Judge overturns VA demotions of employees who apparently scammed agency out of $400,000

Federal judges overturned Veterans Affairs’ demotion of two senior officials caught up in a hiring scam. ABC News has the story: The VA demoted Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens last month. The VA's acting inspector general said the pair forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities … In addition to their job assignments, Graves and Rubens have been under investigation for obtaining more than $400,000 combined in questionable moving expenses under a VA relocation program that has since been suspended. Rep. ...

The Blaze: National debt just rounded $19 trillion

The U.S. national debt Friday rounded the corner on $19 trillion for the first time in our nation’s history. The Blaze has the scoop: After $18 trillion on Dec. 15, 2014, it took a 13 months for the debt to reach the new threshold, which is a slightly quicker climb in debt from years past. It took about 14 months for the debt to reach $16, $17 and $18 trillion. Though the national debt has been a hot-button issue for Republicans, and reduction in spending has been a cornerstone of many GOP presidential candidates’ campaigns, spending does not seem to be on the decline. In fact, over the last few years, the federal government has been free ...

Columnist: ‘Skeptical’ President Obama’s Justice Department will indict Hillary over email scandal

New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor Michael Goodwin in a column this week expressed doubt Hillary Clinton will be forced to answer for sending and receiving confidential emails via a private server when she was secretary of state. Read a portion of Mr. Goodwin’s column below: Color me skeptical that she will face criminal charges, especially after President Obama’s kind words for her. His praise of Clinton’s experience in an interview, twinned with his comparison of Bernie Sanders as a “bright, shiny object,” were widely interpreted as a Clinton endorsement. Correctly so, but there’s more to it. Obama wouldn’t be ...

CBO: Obamacare-enrollment projections down 40 percent in 2016

A mere 13 million Americans are expected to enroll in Obamacare this year – a dramatic decrease compared to earlier projections, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The Hill has the details: The figure, which was included in an expansive budget report, is a decline of about 40 percent from last year’s enrollment prediction of about 20 million people. The latest projections confirm the Obama administration’s previous assessment that fewer people are signing up as the marketplace closes in on its third enrollment season — the final one under President Obama. The new report also underscores the challenges facing the incoming ...

Jenny Beth Martin: President Obama shows ‘contempt’ for Constitution with latest gun grab

Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her weekly column for The Washington Times calls out President Obama’s most recent assault on the Second Amendment, adding the unilateral executive actions he proposed curb Americans’ fundamental right to bear arms and will not prevent terrorist attacks or other violent attacks. Read Jenny Beth’s column in The Washington Times: Over the years, the president’s gun-control agenda has met bipartisan opposition in Congress, so he did what he so often does: He acted unilaterally, bypassing Congress and the U.S. Constitution. In his speech announcing this latest executive order, the ...

DHS: Majority of visa violators not investigated

Homeland Security officials Wednesday told members of the Senate that 99 percent of the more than 500,000 foreign nationals who overstayed their visas in 2015 weren’t investigated, adding most were deemed “nonpriorities” while others left voluntarily. The Washington Times has the inside story: Meanwhile, the government deported only about 2,500 visa overstays last year, and has only about 3,000 active cases — accounting for just a small fraction of the problem. “Probably the chances are that in our prioritization scheme, we will not get to those individuals unless they rise to the level that it meets either the national security, the ...

Jenny Beth Martin: It’s up to the Supreme Court to end Pres. Obama’s lawless executive amnesty

Atlanta, GA — Tea Party Patriots CEO and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to President Obama's executive amnesty program: “It’s up to the Supreme Court to end this lawlessness, since Congress declined to use its power of the purse to stop President Obama’s plan to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Time and again during his presidency, Barack Obama has gone around Congress and ignored the will of the American people when they’ve opposed his radical plans like granting amnesty to millions and subverted our Constitution ...

House Budget Committee Chairman: Medicaid, Social Security should be subject to reviews the way discretionary spending is

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price says the process of reaching consensus every year on the federal budget needs to be overhauled and that includes opening up mandatory spending to more scrutiny and possibly even the chopping block. McClatchyDC has the story: Part of the problem, Price said, is that non-defense mandatory spending for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – which were one-third of the federal budget just 40 years ago – now account for more than 60 percent and will one day reach 75 percent. “The slice of the pie that we control on the discretionary side, the appropriation process, gets smaller and ...