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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/25/2015

  CALENDAR:  The House will come back into session on Monday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Thursday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate came back into session today at 3 PM to take up consideration of the highway bill. They met for about three hours, then broke until tomorrow afternoon. They’ll stay in session through Friday.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House began its week Tuesday, with three bills on the Suspension Calendar. Two passed with heavy majorities in roll call votes, and one passed by voice vote. On Wednesday, the ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, April 21

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare is benefitting the biggest hospitals and insurers, and that's not a good thing “These days, when liberals defend Obamacare, they often say something along the lines of, Look, Obamacare can't be that bad, even big business likes it! A writer at the liberal Mother Jones defended Obamacare by pointing out that the largest hospital chain in America is fighting to save the law. Wendell Potter, at the Center for Public Integrity, seems to think it's a rebuke to Obamacare's critics that the nation's largest health insurer is making bank off the law: Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a "government takeover of ...

News Briefing for April 18

HEALTHCARE: Under Obamacare, Competition Is Costly For Consumers “Normally, market competition is good for consumers. More competition generally means competitors are battling each other to lower their prices and/or raise the quality of their goods. But when it comes to Obamacare, the market is working backwards, at least for people receiving health insurance subsidies through the exchanges. The more competitive the marketplace, often the more people have to pay for insurance. How did this happen? The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, created a series of exchanges where people can shop for health insurance if they don’t already receive it from ...

News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...

News Briefing for Thursday, January 29, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: McCaul border bill is not enough to stand up to Obama (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) “During the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans across the country campaigned hard on opposing executive amnesty by President Obama, and securing the country’s borders.  The president famously intoned that “every single one” of his policies was on the ballot; the voters took heed and rewarded Republicans with historic majorities. The GOP now has a chance to make good on its pledges. Unfortunately, the current Republican “border security” bill is not the vehicle for them to show that they’re serious. With the misleading title ...

CSPAN – Tea Party Influence – Jenny Beth Martin


News Briefing for Wednesday, September 24

HEALTHCARE: GAO: Feds Spent $3.7 Billion On Obamacare But Aren’t Sure Where It Went “The Obama administration hasn’t kept track of the $3.7 billion it spent last year on Obamacare and other federal health programs’ implementation, according to a federal audit. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency charged with implementing the health-care law, spent a boatload of money on building and advertising Obamacare exchanges, but it doesn’t have data to show what money it spent on what efforts — or what parts of it were effective. “CMS’s processes are inconsistent with certain federal accounting and internal control ...

Endangered Species: Obamacare Drives Private-Practice Doctors Out

“I cannot keep the doctor my whole family loves and trusts,” lamented Gretchen. Through coughs, colds and the occasional check-ups, Gretchen’s family physician has been there for her and her family since 2003. She became acquainted with him when her daughter needed to be rushed to the emergency room for an uncontrollable stomach ailment. Over those 11 years, their beloved doctor watched her kids grow into adulthood. The history and level of trust developed during that time are the reasons Gretchen is mourning. Her doctor is closing his private practice. “My doctor was awesome, because he trusted me, and I trusted him,” said the Iowa ...

Cong Ben Chandler Votes Against REINS and Other Regulatory Control Acts

The Administration shows no signs of slowing down on job-killing over-regulation. According to the White House, 144 pending major rules are expected soon to cost at least $100 million annually. Rather than standing against the rising burden of regulations, Congressman Ben Chandler delivered key votes wrapped in red tape just in time for the holidays. In early December, three pieces of legislation passed in the House putting federal regulators on notice. The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (H.R. 527) passed on December 1 and focused on the impact that rules have on small entities. The next day the House passed the Regulatory Accoun...