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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 ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 07/19/15

  CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Tuesday, with the first votes scheduled for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session until Friday, with the last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will come back into session at 10 AM Tuesday, with no votes scheduled before 2:15 PM. At that point, the Senate is expected to vote on cloture on the Motion To Proceed to H.R. 22 the vehicle for the surface transportation reauthorization bill, known more colloquially as the Highway Bill. They will still in session until Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its work last week on Monday, taking up six ...

Megyn Kelly Slams Obama For Not Contacting Steinle Family in Wake of Daughter’s Death

Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly questioned President Obama recently for not giving Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old San Francisco woman murdered by an illegal immigrant with a rap sheet, the same attention he gave to the cases of Freddie Brown, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. Real Clear Politics has the transcript: MEGYN KELLY: Breaking tonight, the young woman gunned down by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco was just laid to rest, surrounded by friends and family. It does not appear at this hour that anyone from the Obama administration was in attendance. Welcome to The Kelly File, I'm Megyn Kelly. Funeral services were held this evening for ...

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 Report from Washington for 06/28/15

CALENDAR:  The House and Senate are both in recess for the 4th of July break, and will not return until a week from Monday. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back into session on Monday, June 15. The Members dealt with seven non-controversial bills under the Suspension Calendar and renamed several U.S. Postal Service buildings. Meanwhile, the real action on Monday was taking place in the Rules Committee, where House GOP Leaders were working to buy themselves some time. As you may recall from our last conversation, the House had passed the TPA bill, but had failed to pass the accompanying TAA bill, and that left the ...

Proof Jonathan Gruber was more than just “some adviser”

New emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal confirm just how involved liberal MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was in crafting the Obamacare law. In case you’ve forgotten, Gruber is the policy wonk who was caught saying Obama’s health care reform bill became law thanks in equal parts to both lack of transparency and the “stupidity of the American voter.” Yeah, safe to say America didn’t think THAT was funny... Reports the Wall Street Journal [1]: Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist whose comments about the health-care law touched off a political furor, worked more closely than previously known with the ...

Income Inequality, Beltway Style

I had to be in Washington the other day, so I squirreled away an hour to drive by my old house in northern Virginia. My wife Jane and I had bought it when we went to Washington with Reagan. Heady days, those. We were young and idealistic and determined to help The Gipper beat the Soviets in the Cold War, free up the American economy, and put a halt to the spreading bureaucracy of central government. In time, we came around to the idea that two out of three ain’t bad. It was a great house to raise a family – a graceful Cape Cod-style clapboard with a big yard. Shade trees with swings for the kids. A garden for Jane, a library for me. First thing ...

We suffered through Obama’s amnesty order and all we got was a lousy 11-story building!

Now that the Obama Administration has had to stop implementing the president’s unconstitutional amnesty program, some sunlight is finally being shined on just how far the White House went to institutionalize amnesty. Indeed, according to a new Washington Post report, legal setbacks have halted Obama & Co.’s “intensive preparations” to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty, even while “community organizers” move forward with their arrangements. For starters, the Department of Homeland Security halted plans to hire another 3,100 employees. Which means they also had to halt plans to house those employees in the 11-story, building the ...

Patriot Act Renewal: Senate Overwhelmingly Votes To Proceed (International Business Times – Ginger Gibson)

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow a measure that would renew key parts of the now-expired Patriot Act, a controversial bulk phone data collection program that expired earlier this week... Continue here.

Waste, waste, and more waste!

Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW) is out with its new “Pig Book” report for fiscal 2015, and the results aren’t what you think. Despite the fact that earmarks were banned back in 2011, Congress still found a way to come up with $4.2 billion worth of questionable earmarks. Ok, so maybe the results are exactly what you’d think. Reports Fox News [1]: Among the earmarks the group identifies is a $15 million grant for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), established in 2000 to "reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska." The ...