SATP and Congressional Activities

SATP and Congressional Activities
By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

SATP activities

Last week the SATP made another trip to the Capitol in Austin to interact with the State Legislature and promote fiscally conservative and Constitutional principles.  This was our second trip to the Capitol in a matter of weeks.  Thanks to all the great San Antonio Tea Party citizen lobbyists who participated, and thanks to Governor Abbott and  all those state legislators who are standing firm on reining in the Federal Government by using Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

Meanwhile, we had our first planning session to kick off our 2017 SATP action committees. Each committee will narrowly focus on separate priority issues like voter integrity, tracking state bills and lobbying the state legislature, and tracking federal bills and lobbying Congress, just to name a few.  If you want to engage and help return this country to its conservative roots, we have a place for you on one of our SATP committees.

This Saturday we are holding our February general meeting at the Lion and Rose located at 842 NW Loop 410 behind Jim’s Restaurant, on Blanco and 410.  Breakfast is served at 8:00 AM, and the meeting starts at 9:00 (CLICK HERE to RSVP).  Scott Avery and John Green will give us a short presentation on a patriotic, time travel movie they are working on that demonstrates how the answer to all of America’s problems is found in the Constitution.  Then Dr. Laura Presley will give a presentation on election fraud and voter integrity and how we can help clean up the system.

Congressional activities

Meanwhile, watching Congress has never been more fascinating. They have started using a tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA).  This is an oversight tool they can use to overturn federal agency rules, and the process cannot be filibustered in the Senate.  The CRA cannot only be used to invalidate bad rules promulgated under the Obama administration, but in most cases it also bars the agency from issuing another rule in “substantially the same form” as the disapproved rule.  In other words, the GOP Congress cannot only dismantle a myriad of bad Obama era rules, but those rules cannot be implemented again at some later date.

Although the CRA was enacted in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), it has previously only been used once in 2001 by George W. Bush to overturn an OSHA ergonomics rule.  We are pleased to see Congress finally using this oversight tool and hope they keep it up because there is plenty of past rulemaking that needs to be overturned.

Congress is still working on a repeal bill for Obamacare, or at least they were before going on a ten-day Congressional break. While they are back in their districts, it is a good time to contact your reps and let them know how crucial it is that they follow through on their promises and fully and completely repeal Obamacare and let the free market fill the void.

Hope to see you this Saturday. (CLICK HERE to RSVP!)


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