UPDATES July 17
The Tea Party Patriots Sunday evening weekly webinar was lengthy but very informative. Ohio Co-Coordinator Marianne Gasicki summarizes below the critical points regarding the amnesty bill and the plan of action on Obamacare. There will also be an action item regarding repealing the Common Core Standards in education.
The Amnesty Bill
Republicans are Doing the Dance
Last week I had asked you to forward a letter to your Representative regarding key provisions on a proposed immigration bill.
I received a quick response from Rep. Gibbs Click Here to Read and a list of legislation that had passed out of committees Click Here, but nothing from Rep. Tiberi. I will be stopping by his "office" tomorrow morning to hand deliver the letter.
None of the five bills have anything at all to say about establishing a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be here already. And at his regular Thursday press briefing following the Wednesday Conference, Speaker Boehner specifically commented that while he believed a majority of his Conference wants to see action on the immigration front, he's not at all sure there's a majority in the House for a pathway to citizenship.
There is also question as to the constitutionality of the Senate bill because it raises revenue, which is something that can only be done in the House.
This is good news, but we must keep the pressure on.
A letter was delivered to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy yesterday, that was signed by 24 state coordinators and co-coordinators from Tea Party Patriots, representing 17 states Click Here to Read. I will include that in my delivery to Rep. Tiberi and will email a copy to Rep. Gibbs.
We must also remember that it looks like we may have achieved our short term goal, and that was stalling the bill so that nothing was voted on in July.
On the Obamacare Front
Using the President's Actions Against Him
As you are probably aware, President Obama unilaterally acted in his recent decision to delay implementation of the employer mandate in Obamacare (ACA). There was no involvement from Congress whatsoever.
In response to that, there are two bills moving through House committees, one that would delay Obamacare employer mandates until 2015 and the other would delay the individual mandate.
Only 12% of Americans support the individual mandate, but Obama has chosen to grant waivers and delays to big business and special interests over the American people.
Obviously, the decision for any delays only emphasizes what a trainwreck Obamacare is.
Please make your voice heard by calling your Congressman! Tell them to support HR 2667, The Authority for Mandate Delay Act , and HR 2668, the Fairness for American Families Act.
You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or Click Here for individual Rep numbers and their district numbers.
Stop Common Core in Ohio
Legislation to be Introduced in State House
Representative Andy Thompson has a bill ready to be introduced to the House that would repeal Common Core Standards in Ohio!
There are now 17 states with anti-Common Core legislation pending, and Texas has flat out outlawed it!
I have yet to meet a teacher who supports Common Core, but they are being pressured by administration and fear for their jobs if they speak up. We need to stop the implementation of a system that removes parents and teachers from the education process by nationalizing and standardizing education.
Click Here for the Text of the Bill. It addresses the data collection issue, the loss of local control, eliminates ties to funding, etc.
Please call your State Rep. and ask him/her to support this bill, and please thank Rep. Thompson for addressing the Common Core.