Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 03/01/15

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Listen to the legislative update here: CALENDAR:   The House will return to work on Monday, with first scheduled no earlier than 6:30 PM. They’ll stay in session through Thursday, with the last vote no later than 3 PM.   The Senate will return to work on Monday, with the first order of business being the cloture vote on the motion to go to conference with the House on H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. That will take place at 5:30 PM.   On Tuesday morning, the House will host a Joint Session of Congress to hear ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/15/15

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Listen to the podcast here:   Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/15/15 CALENDAR: Both the House and Senate left town for the President’s Day recess, and will not return until Monday, February 23. SENATE FLOOR ACTION LAST WEEK: The Senate took three votes last week: * On Monday evening, by a vote of 92-0, the Senate confirmed Michael Botticelli to be Director of National Drug Control Policy. Apologies for last week, I mistakenly identified him as “Mark” Botticelli. * On Wednesday, by a vote of 98-0, the Senate passed ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 02/08/15

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Listen to the podcast here:   CALENDAR:   The House will return on Tuesday, and then be in session through Friday. The Senate will return on Monday and be in session through Friday.   SENATE FLOOR ACTION LAST WEEK:   Since we last talked two weeks ago, the Senate finished dealing with its amendments to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill and passed it by a vote of 62-36 a week ago Thursday, on Jan. 29.   Last week the Senate tried to take up the House-passed DHS funding bill, H.R. 240, which contains the tough language we ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 01/25/15

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    CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return on Monday. The House will be in session from Monday through Wednesday, and will break then so House Democrats can go on their annual retreat. Don’t ask me why they couldn’t have scheduled their retreat for last week, when Republicans were in Hershey. The Senate will work all the way through Friday. SENATE FLOOR ACTION: Beginning on Tuesday, the Senate debated and voted on amendments to S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, which has been renamed the Keystone Jobs Bill. Over the course of ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 01/18/15

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CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return on Tuesday. The House will be in session from Tuesday through Thursday, while the Senate will work all the way through Friday. The President’s State of the Union address will take place at 9 PM EST on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will give the Republican response, and the Tea Party Express response will be given by Congressman Curt Clawson of Florida. SENATE FLOOR ACTION: On Monday, by a vote of 63-32, the Senate invoked cloture on the Motion To Proceed on S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 01/11/15

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CALENDAR: The House and Senate will both return on Monday, and stay in session through Wednesday, at which point the two chambers will recess for the joint House-Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, PA.   HOUSE RULES PACKAGE: Immediately following the vote for Speaker, the House moved to adopt Rules for the 114th Congress. Among the new Rules of the House: Dynamic Scoring, which orders budget referees – the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation – to incorporate the economic effects of legislation into their cost estimates. Fo...

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Weekly Legislative Update for 01/04/15

CALENDAR:   The House and Senate will both return on Tuesday to be sworn in and hold their official Leadership elections.   The House will remain in session through Friday, then will return on Monday of next week and remain through Wednesday. At that point, House Republicans will head to Hershey, PA, where they’ll hold a private conference through Friday to work out their agenda for 2015.   The Senate will stay through Friday, then will return on Monday of next week and remain through Wednesday, at which point Senate Republicans will join ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 12/14/14

LAME DUCK CALENDAR:   The House is done for the year, for the session, and as far as we can tell, the Congress.   The Senate will come back in tomorrow, and will likely stay through only Tuesday afternoon, because Tuesday evening is the start of Hanukkah, and they’ll want to go home for good then. But it’s still Harry Reid’s Senate until January 6, so even though I don’t THINK he’ll do it, and he’d piss off a lot of Senators in both parties if he did, I won’t be surprised if he chooses to bring the Senate back into session later to finish ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 12/07/14

LAME DUCK CALENDAR: The House will be in session tomorrow, and has canceled votes tomorrow night so they can all go to a White House Christmas party, so there are no votes scheduled until Tuesday. The plan is to be done with all legislation by Thursday, so they can adjourn and go home for Christmas. The Senate will also return tomorrow, with first votes on nominations coming at 5:30 PM. As for going home, Majority Leader Harry Reid has threatened to hold the Senate in session through the third week of the month. LAST WEEK: As expected, the House took up and ...

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Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 11/30/14

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LAME DUCK CALENDAR: Congress comes back to town this week. The House arrives tomorrow, and will be in session through Thursday afternoon of this week, then return next Tuesday, Dec. 9, with plans to go home no later than Friday afternoon, Dec. 5. The Senate will return tomorrow, with first votes on nominations coming at 5:30 PM.   HOUSE FLOOR ACTION NEXT WEEK: As usual, there will be a whole slew of bills considered under the Suspension Calendar. In addition, the House could see floor action on the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, a tax ...

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