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Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin slams Chamber

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has a new op-ed[1] up in Investors Business Daily, questioning the wisdom of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s puzzling pro-amnesty stance.  The Chamber, says Martin,  is pushing for policy that will put a strain on the economy and the country’s finances, while distorting the rule of law. Writes Martin: Across Lafayette Park, facing the White House, sits an imposing stone structure, framed by ornate Corinthian columns and comprising a significant chunk of a full city block. It is home to the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, the historic bastion of American business and indust...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 2

By Zayida Baker The top-down dynamic of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mirrors that of the federal government that it lobbies. This has affected its relationship with local chambers and with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla. Southerland is former chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. In his discussion of the national chamber, featured in the first part of this article, he spoke pointedly of the “U.S.” or “United States Chamber,” since he knows well the difference between it and the local chambers. Overall, he believes that local chambers serve small business much more than the U.S. Chamber does. Carol Roberts, president ...

US Chamber More Crony than Conservative, Part 1

By Zayida Baker The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not necessarily represent local chambers and often acts against their wishes. Its relationship with freshman Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., has reflected this pattern from the beginning of his political career. In the fall of 2010, shortly after Southerland won the Republican primary to challenge Democrat incumbent Rep. Allen Boyd, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Boyd. Asked to comment in an interview with Tea Party Patriots, Southerland said plainly, “They bet on the wrong horse,” and appeared to smart a bit from the memory. The chamber’s choice was especially surprising because ...

House, Senate strike tentative deal to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank, extend pricey highway bill

Congressional negotiators from both the House and Senate Tuesday came to a tentative agreement on a $305 billion highway bill that would extend federal transportation funding for five years and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. The Hill has the details: The resulting 1,300-page bill, paid for with gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget, comes just days before transportation spending is set to expire on Dec. 4. The measure calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It also reauthorizes the controversial Export-...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 11/01/15

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, November 2, with the first votes set for 6:30 PM. The House will stay in session through Thursday, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Tuesday, November 3. The Senate will stay in session through Friday, November 6. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: There were three big events on the House floor last week. First up, on Monday, the House took up H. Res. 450, a motion to discharge the Rules Committee from the consideration of a resolution providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 597) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. This is ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 10/25/15

CALENDAR: The House will return on Monday, October 26, with the first votes set for 6:30 PM. The House is currently scheduled to stay in session through Thursday, October 29, with last votes expected no later than 3 PM, but may stay later if legislative priorities demand it. The Senate will return on Monday, October 26. The Senate will stay in session through Friday, October 30. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned on Tuesday of last week, and started its week by taking up six bills under Suspension. The fun one – which, sadly, will likely never see the light of day in the Senate – was H.R. 1315, offered by Rep. Luke ...

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin Adds Her Name To Letter Outlining Qualifications For Conservative House Leadership

This week, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin, along with 54 others, signed a document outlining their vision for conservative leadership. VISION FOR NEW CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP Republican leaders have a responsibility to better align their party’s policy stances with founding American principles, the U.S. Constitution, and the will and consent of the American people against the threats facing this nation right now. Congressional leaders represent more than merely the internal majority of their respective chambers. They become national leaders of the entire Republican Party and, when in the majority, the citizens of every state. ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 09/27/15

CALENDAR: The House will come back into session on Monday, with no votes expected before 6:30 PM. The House will stay in through Thursday, with the last vote expected not later than 3 PM. The Senate will return on Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate is scheduled to stay in through the rest of the week. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate opened for business last Monday, but held no votes until Tuesday afternoon. First up was a vote to invoke cloture on the Motion To Proceed to H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The cloture motion fell, by a vote of 54-42. Then Majority Leader McConn...

Boehner to Resign from Congress

John Boehner’s decision to resign the Speakership reflects his own recognition that he was out of step with the base of the Republican Party, and is a victory for the millions of grassroots conservatives who worked tirelessly to elect conservatives to control the Congress. Tea Party Patriots – which is far more closely in touch with the American people than the GOP leadership in their “Fortress Capitol Hill” – has been working since 2012 to elect a congressional leadership that reflects America’s values: personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future. What Tea Party Patriots want in the leadership of the GOP – in both ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 08/02/15

CALENDAR: The House will stand in recess until Tuesday, September 8. The Senate will come back into session at 2 PM Monday, with the first vote scheduled for 5:30 PM. The Senate plans to stay in session until Friday, at which time the Senate will join the House in the August recess, not to return until Tuesday, September 8.   LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  The House returned Monday, and took up 17 bills on the Suspension Calendar. Five of them required roll call votes, but passed easily; the other 12 all passed by voice vote. On Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of ...