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Republicans press for possible Friday House vote on GOP health care bill

  • 7:58 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With a group of more conservative lawmakers from the House Freedom Caucus now on board, Republicans in the House are setting the table for a possible Friday vote on a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, a day before President Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.

The clearest sign of a possible vote quietly surfaced overnight, as Republicans posted the text of the GOP health bill – the American Health Care Act – and several related amendments, on a website which shows the expected schedule for the House floor.

The changes included language worked out in [More]

Five highlights from President Trump’s tax plan

  • 2:14 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration today released the basic framework of President Trump’s tax reform plan, which would make dramatic changes in the federal tax code for both individuals and businesses, as top officials urged Congress to act swiftly on what would be the biggest reform of the tax code since a plan approved by President Reagan over thirty years ago.

What would some of those changes look like?

1. Larger standard deduction and fewer tax brackets. For many Americans, the most immediate impact of the Trump tax plan would be a larger standard deduction, which would shield more of your income from federal [More]

Republicans reverse course on plan to exempt Congress from some health care changes

  • 12:31 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Caught off guard by a provision in a new agreement to be added to a GOP health overhaul bill, Republicans on Wednesday said they would drop language which seemed to exempt members of Congress from coverage changes that would be allowed under the Obama health law, as conservatives in the House rallied around the underlying Republican health bill.

“This is common sense,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), as he said the exemption should be dropped. “We’re going to make sure that members of Congress are under the same rules as our constituents.”

The issue arose as part of a deal struck [More]

New GOP health changes would evidently not impact – members of Congress

  • 7:38 am Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The legislative text of a deal being worked out among Republicans on new changes to a GOP health overhaul bill would seemingly carve out an exception to any insurance changes that might affect coverage for members of Congress, allowing them to maintain current benefits under the Affordable Care Act, while states would be allowed to reduce the mandated scope of health insurance coverage for consumers.

Health care reporter Sarah Kliff was one of the first to report on the change, which would seemingly make sure that members of Congress did not see changes to their own health plans.

At issue [More]

Federal judge blocks Trump executive order holding back funds to sanctuary cities

  • 5:07 pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a blow to efforts by President Donald Trump to crack down on jurisdictions that protect immigrants illegally in the United States, a federal judge in California has issued a nationwide injunction against a plan to withhold federal dollars going to sanctuary cities, dealing the White House another legal setback on a Trump executive action.

“The threat is unconstitutionally coercive,” wrote federal judge William Orrick, who ruled that the Executive had overstepped his authority with this order.

“The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal [More]

Key lawmakers: Flynn likely broke law by not disclosing Russia payments

  • 12:17 pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Top lawmakers on a U.S. House Committee said Tuesday that a review of documents submitted by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shows that the aide to President Donald Trump never revealed he had been paid for a 2015 trip to Russia, and that Flynn never sought the permission of the military or State Department for that venture.

“He was supposed to seek permission prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment, but to engage in that activity,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

“This is something Gen. Flynn was supposed to do [More]

White House may not force budget showdown over money for border wall

  • 8:06 am Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The White House is signaling that the Trump Administration will not insist that a stop gap government funding bill include money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, as negotiations continued with Congress on a plan that would avert a government shutdown on Friday night.

“If you’re actually trying to build a 2200 mile wall, it’s probably not going to happen,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as GOP lawmakers instead suggested money could be approved for a wall, simply by lumping it into broader security upgrades along the border.

“There are a combination of efforts that will be effective along [More]

State Department pulls down web story about Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club

  • 10:18 pm Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after a U.S. Senator accused the Trump Administration of using taxpayer dollars to promote President Donald Trump’s private club in Florida, the State Department pulled down a story written by government employees about the resort, what some ethics experts said was nothing more than an advertisement for Mr. Trump’s personal business interests.

“Use of public office for private gain pure and simple,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics attorney for President George W. Bush.

“Realtor.com — not the State Department– should help President Trump sell club memberships for $200,000,” Painter added on Twitter.

At issue was a post done by [More]

State Department promotion of Mar-a-Lago questioned by Senator

  • 3:22 pm Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The State Department is using official web pages and social media to publicize the history of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, prompting one Democratic Senator to publicly ask why taxpayer money is being used to promote a private club run by Mr. Trump.

“Here’s the full post in its kleptocratic glory,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote on Twitter, as he said he would like to know more about why Mar-a-Lago is getting publicity from the U.S. Government on Facebook, the website of the U.S. Embassy in London, and more.

“Mar-a-Lago: The winter White House,” is the title of the article, [More]

Congress returns to session facing government shutdown threat

  • 11:00 pm Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As the Congress returns to work in Washington, D.C. after a two week break, lawmakers in both parties face a series of unsettled political battlegrounds, one of which could bring about a government shutdown by the end of the week, as President Trump and Republican leaders in the Congress grapple with the budget, money for their priorities, and unanswered questions on major issues like health reform.

Here’s a snapshot as we begin the week in the nation’s capital.

1. Will the government shutdown on Friday night? That will be the biggest question as lawmakers return to legislative work sessions in the House [More]

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