Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/3/16


CALENDAR: 

The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session through Friday.

The Senate will remain in recess through the course of this week, and won’t be back until next week.

 

THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: 

No votes will take place before 6:30 PM Tuesday. At that point, we expect a quorum call to establish that a quorum exists in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 114th Congress.

On Wednesday, the House will vote to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the budget reconciliation bill – officially, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This is the reconciliation bill that originated in the House, passed, and then went to the Senate, where it also passed, but only after it was strengthened significantly, thanks to the determination of Senators Cruz, Lee, and Rubio. It includes repeal of several key elements – but not all – of the Affordable Care Act, including effective repeal of the individual and employer mandates, repeal of the Medicaid expansion, repeal of the taxpayer subsidies, and repeal of the Cadillac and medical device taxes. It also includes repeal of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

It is widely expected to pass on Wednesday, and then be sent to the President. It is also widely expected that the President will veto it at his earliest convenience.

 

THIS WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:

The Senate will remain in recess until Monday the 11th.

On Tuesday, January 12, the Senate is expected to conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 2232, Sen. Rand Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve. There will be 60 votes required to invoke cloture and begin debate on the legislation.

 

IRAN: 

Last Wednesday morning, in the wake of two Iranian ballistic missile tests conducted in October and November, the White House notified congressional offices that at 10:30 AM the Treasury Department would release a statement announcing new U.S. sanctions against nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates for their roles in developing Iran’s ballistic missile program. These sanctions would have been the first new U.S. sanctions imposed since the JCPOA negotiations were concluded last July.

But then, at 11:12 AM, the White House sent a second email to congressional offices, declaring that the sanctions announcement would be “delayed for a few hours.” “A few hours” stretched to after 10 PM, when, in its final email for the day on the subject, the White House said the sanctions had been delayed, and didn’t say anything specific about when they might actually be imposed.

The following morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Twitter that he had ordered the Iranian Ministry of Defense to accelerate the ballistic missile program in response to news of the impending U.S. sanctions.

 

SUGGESTED READING:

 

JENNY BETH MARTIN/TPP: 

WT: Jenny Beth Martin: Failures Of The Obama Doctrine

WT: Jenny Beth Martin: Political Correctness Now Trumps National Security

 

AGENDA:

Hill: Congress Speeding Toward Battle Over Puerto Rican Debt

Hill: Reid Lists Minimum Wage, Visa Programs As Goals For 2016

LAT: For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan Sets Sights On Crafting A GOP Campaign Vision

Hill: Six Fights Set To Erupt in Congress

 

BENGHAZI: 

WE: Emails Suggest Pentagon had Troops Ready During Benghazi Siege

 

CLINTON EMAILS:

Hill: Happy New Year! State Drops 5,500 Pages Of Clinton Emails On New Years Eve

Politico: Intelligence Agencies Say 2 Clinton Emails Were “Top Secret” But One Is No Longer

 

COMMON CORE: 

WSJ: US Senate Votes To Replace No Child Left Behind Law

Hill: Senate Sends No Child Left Behind Rewrite To Obama

 

EX-IM BANK:

RC: Shelby Stalling One Crucial Ex-Im Board Confirmation

 

IMMIGRATION: 

NYT: US Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas

Politico: Visa Rules Put Obama In A Vise

Hill: US Officials To Deport ‘Border Surge’ Families In Large-Scale Raids

The Blaze: Obama Administration Sends Mixed Message On Monitoring Immigrant’s Social Media

Fox News: As Lawmakers Clash Over Refugees Syrian Immigration Quietly Tops 100,000 Since 2012

Hill: Funding Deal Hits Backlash Over Increase In Foreign Worker Visas

AP: House Set To Tighten Restrictions On Travel To US

Hill: Extremists Have Targeted Refugee Program To Enter US Says McCaul

 

IRAN:

Politico: Iran Blasts Talk Of New US Sanctions

WSJ: White House Delays Imposing New Sanctions On Iran For Missile Program

WSJ: US Lawmakers Blast Delay On Iran Sanctions

WSJ: The Mullahs Thank Mr. Obama

WaPo: With All Eyes On ISIS, Democrats Worry That US Could Lose Focus On Iran

 

NATIONAL SECURITY:

Gallup: Americans Name Terrorism As Number One Problem

 

OBAMACARE:

Hill: ObamaCare Fear After Tax Freeze

HuffPo: The Biggest Blow To ObamaCare Yet Could Come From Democrats

NYT: Marco Rubio Quietly Undermines The Affordable Care Act

NRO: Litmus Test On ObamaCare

 

SPENDING/TAXES:

Hill: This Week Crunch Time For Congress

WSJ: House Conservatives Work To Shape Spending Bill

RC: Negotiations On Year End Legislation Stuck

Hill: Hope Rise For A Major Tax Package

RC: Congress And Its Endgame Are Complicated

RC: Negotiators Hope To Unveil Omnibus On Monday

Hill: Spending Bill Could Be Unveiled Monday Night

Hill: Negotiators See $1.1 Trillion Deal In Sight

Hill: Congress On Verge Of Major Deal Freezing ObamaCare Taxes

Politico: Ryan Unveils Budget Deal, Touts Benefits To GOP

NYT: Winners, Losers In Congress’ Year-End Budget & Tax  Endgame

Hill: House Democrats Lose Fight To Nix Gun Research Ban In Budget

Heritage: Conservative Priorities For Omnibus Package

Heritage: “No” on $1.1 Trillion Year End Omnibus Spending Bill

Hill: Leadership Allies Reject Effort To Move Funding Bill To The Right

Hill: House Approves $622 Billion Tax Package

Hill: Pelosi Unsure If Omnibus Can Pass

WE: Grassley Says Omnibus Raises Terrorist Risks

Hill: Ryan And Pelosi Corral Votes As $1.1 Trillion Funding Bill Speeds To Floor

Hill: Senate Sends $1.8 Trillion Deal To Obama

RC: Congress Sends Omnibus To Obama

Politico: Concerns Raise Over $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Politico: Cruz, Rubio Miss Chance To Fight Massive Budget Bill

CR: McConnell Misleads Senators To Prevent Filibuster Of Omnibus

Politico: How Old Fashioned Logrolling Produced Congress’ Massive Budget Deal

NJ: What’s Inside Congress’ Huge New Spending Bill?

 

LEADERSHIP FIGHTS:

Hill: Fury Of The Right Falls On Ryan

Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Improbable 2015 Partner: Democrats

RC: Ryan Gets High Marks

WE: Ryan Gets Pass On Boehner Like Spending Bill

New Yorker: A House Divided

Politico: GOP Group That Hit Conservatives Changes Its Tune