Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 9/7/14

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House/Senate Action: Week of 8/25/14-9/7/14 The House and Senate both return tomorrow, and they’ve got a relatively light legislative agenda for the remainder of September. Remember, there are just ten legislative days scheduled as of right now – and I stress “as of right now,” because I’d be willing to bet the House is going to break two weeks from now, after just eight of those legislative days have passed, and not come back before the elections.   SEPTEMBER OVERVIEW: There’s really just one “Must Pass” bill that will see floor action before ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 8/17/14

House/Senate Action: Week of 8/4/14-8/17/14 The House and Senate are both in recess and will not return until Monday, September 8.   SEPTEMBER HOUSE AGENDA: When the House returns, it will have ten legislative days left before the end of the Fiscal Year. During those ten days, there will be at least four items the House will vote on: A Continuing Resolution to fund the government beginning October 1. No final word yet on funding levels or duration. A consolidated jobs package, where the House takes the 40 bills it has already passed regarding job creation, tax ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 8/3/14

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House/Senate Action: Week of 7/28/14-8/3/14 The August Recess began Friday night, and will last through Sunday, September 7.   BOEHNER V. OBAMA: On Wednesday, by a vote of 225-201 along party lines, the House voted to authorize Speaker Boehner to sue the President for his failure to enforce the Employer Mandate in ObamaCare. TRANSPORTATION BILL: On Tuesday, the Senate took up the House-passed Transportation Bill. By a vote of 28-69, the Senate failed to pass Sen. Mike Lee’s Transportation Empowerment Act, offered as an amendment. Then, by a vote of 66-31, the ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 7/20/14

House/Senate Action: Week of 7/21/14-7/27/14   Both the House and Senate are in session this week.   The House will be in session Monday through Thursday.   The Senate will be in session Monday through Thursday.   The August Recess will begin Friday, and will last through Sunday, September 7.   “ECONOMIC PATRIOTISM:”   “I don’t care if it’s legal. It’s wrong.” So said President Obama on Thursday as he added his name to the roster of high-profile Democrats seeking to prevent American corporations from following current tax ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 7/20/14  

House/Senate Action: Week of 7/14/14-7/20/14   Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The House will be in session Tuesday through Thursday. The Senate will be in session Monday through Friday.   “ECONOMIC PATRIOTISM:” On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued a call for Congress to enact new legislation that would prohibit U.S.-based multinational corporations from moving their headquarters overseas to take advantage of lower tax rates. In his letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, the new Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Lew urged what he ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 7/13/14

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House/Senate Action: Weeks of 6/30/14-7/12/14   Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The House will be in session Monday through Thursday. The Senate will be in session Monday through Friday.   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION:   Remember how extended Unemployment Insurance benefits expired at the end of December, more than six months ago? Remember how the left wailed and gnashed their teeth, insisting that Republicans accede to their demands, or millions would be forced into poverty? Yeah, I remember that. Remember how agencies of the ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 5/18/14

House/Senate Action: Weeks of 5/05/14-5/18/14 The House will return on Monday and be in session through Thursday. The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   OBAMACARE:   On Thursday, May 8, McKinsey released an updated report revealing that as of the end of the open enrollment period for ObamaCare, 74% of ObamaCare exchange sign-ups had been previously insured.   BENGHAZI:   As predicted, Speaker Boehner appointed South Carolina sophomore Congressman Trey Gowdy to head a Select Committee to investigate the events surrou...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 5/04/14

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House/Senate Action: Weeks of 4/28/14-5/04/14   The House will return on Tuesday and be in session through Friday.   The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   KABUKI THEATER:   We’re going to approach the Legislative Update this week from a different angle. Rather than simply go through each subject area one at a time, I want to start with a broad overview that I think will give more context to what’s going on.   The context is simple: What we witnessed last week in both Senate and House was Kabuki Theater – ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 4/27/14

House/Senate Action: Weeks of 4/14/14-4/27/14   The House and Senate were both in recess for the last two weeks.   The House will return on Monday and be in session through Thursday.   The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   MINIMUM WAGE:   The Senate will vote on Wednesday on a procedural motion to take up its bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But there’s significant doubt it will garner the 60 votes necessary to pass – and, interestingly, it’s not just because of solidified Senate GOP opposition, ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 4/13/14

House/Senate Action: Week of 4/7/14-4/13/14   The House and Senate are both in recess this week, and will remain in recess next week.   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSION:   As we discussed last Sunday night, the Senate’s first action of the week was to take up the Unemployment Insurance extension bill. It passed, but only by a vote of 59-38, with three Senators not voting. Only six Republicans voted the wrong way – Kelly Ayotte of NH, Susan Collins of ME, Dean Heller of NV, Mark Kirk of IL, Lisa Murkowski of AK, and Rob Portman of OH.   Speaker ...

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