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Groundhog Day week in Congress, as GOP grapples with health care, and possible shutdown

  • 8:30 pm Sunday, April 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans in Congress return to Washington this week with a familiar to-do list, as the White House pushes for a vote in the House on a GOP health care overhaul bill, and lawmakers push to approve a deal on a giant spending plan that would avert a government shutdown on Friday night.

Last week, the story was the same – as Congress approved a one-week stopgap budget to keep the government running to give more time for talks – but House Republicans were unable to find enough support for a House vote on a GOP measure that’s designed to make major [More]

Trump touts accomplishments in campaign rally to mark 100th day in office

  • 10:10 pm Saturday, April 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Marking his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump brought back memories of his campaign for the White House by using a raucous rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to proclaim progress on his agenda, throw some long distance elbows at the news media, and vow that he would follow through on his pledge build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles way from Washington’s swamp,” Mr. Trump said to cheers, as he began his speech by verbally smacking the news media, drawing the chant of “CNN sucks!” [More]

Trump marks 100th day in office with Pennsylvania campaign rally

  • 7:30 am Saturday, April 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump will use his 100th day in office to make a return to the campaign trail, holding an evening rally in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg, taking his message of change back to the familiar crowds of the 2016 race for the White House.

While Mr. Trump has been happy to highlight his accomplishments of his first 100 days – he has also mixed that 100 day review with jabs at the news media, saying the measurement for a new President is a “false standard.”

“We’re moving awfully well, getting a lot of things done,” the President [More]

Despite controversy, Trump grinds out some progress in first 100 days

  • 4:30 am Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As both parties and the White House do their very best to spin the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, it has been an at times tumultuous political start in the White House for President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been able to make progress on some fronts in the opening weeks of his time in office.

Let’s take a look at where Mr. Trump has been able to push the ball down the field in his first 100 days – and where things have not gone according to plan.

1. Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court. [More]

Republicans put off House vote again on GOP health care bill

  • 11:12 pm Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Even with another major push to get Republicans on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, House GOP leaders were unable to bring the bill to the floor for a vote on Friday, still short of the support needed to squeeze out a majority for a major campaign promise.

A day of arm twisting finally ended around 10 pm on Thursday night, as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters that there would be no vote on Friday or Saturday on health care, and that Republicans would try again next week.

“We’re going to go when we have [More]

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]