- 5:18 pm Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Setting the stage for a major legislative victory for GOP leaders in Congress and President Donald Trump on taxes, the House on Tuesday afternoon approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, as Republicans declared that it would spur new job creation, and boost economic growth in the United States. But a final celebration had to be delayed until Wednesday because of several minor Senate budget rule violations in the bill, which will require a new vote in the House, but won’t derail the measure.
“Don’t vote for the status quo,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) during [More]
- 2:28 pm Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Setting the stage for a major legislative victory for GOP leaders in Congress and President Donald Trump on taxes, the House on Tuesday afternoon approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, as Republicans declared that it would spur new job creation, ending what they argued has been a period of unimpressive economic growth in the United States.
“Don’t vote for the status quo,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “Vote for a tax cut.”
“It’s going to be a huge economic engine for us in driving job creation,” said Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), as most GOP lawmakers [More]
- 7:51 pm Monday, December 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Republican lawmakers in Congress brimmed with excitement as they returned to the U.S. Capitol on Monday, ready to push a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code through the House and Senate as early as Tuesday, declaring that it was a major victory for taxpayers, the GOP and President Trump.
“It is a big win,” said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). “This is momentous. This is historic.”
“One of the things that we’ve been chastised on the Republican side is that we can’t get big things done,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK).
“Doing the tax bill is the hardest thing,” Lucas said [More]
- 9:30 am Sunday, December 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
First it was Pizzagate. The completely bogus 2016 election conspiracy theory that almost resulted in tragedy at my neighborhood pizza joint, spurred by the ridiculous assertion that supporters of Hillary Clinton were running a child sex ring out of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
A year later in December of 2017, the conspiracy theorists are back on my doorstep.
This time, instead of my family’s favorite pizza parlor, they’re after my long time hobby, convinced that a woman with ties to Fusion GPS got a ham radio license in order to hide communications [More]
- 9:57 am Saturday, December 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After officially releasing the final details on Friday night, Republicans in Congress set votes for next week in the House and Senate on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, as GOP leaders expressed confidence that they would have the votes to pass the first major tax reform package since 1986.
“This is what the American people have been waiting for: more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now only two votes and a signature away from becoming the law of the land,” Ryan added, as Republicans said a [More]
- 5:43 pm Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Republicans on Friday evening unveiled the details of a final tax reform compromise, as the drive for approval of a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms gained new momentum, with two key Senators announcing their support for the plan, as party leaders planned final votes in the House and Senate for next week, on the verge of a major political victory.
First, here are the links to the important documents:
6:20 pm – That deal on state and local taxes is not enough for some Republicans who voted against the original plan, as their districts are home to many people paying [More]
- 11:19 am Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Before making remarks for a graduation ceremony at the FBI National Academy, President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the probe of ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign, declaring confidently that there was “absolutely no collusion,” as he again charged that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was ‘rigged’ in her favor, as he raised questions about institutional bias against him.
“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” the President told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.
“But we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Mr. Trump added.
In his five minute [More]
- 4:00 am Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Republicans in Congress on Thursday moved to put the finishing touches on a sweeping reform of the federal tax code, though the effort was endangered as a pair of GOP Senators signaled their opposition to a final child tax credit deal, while the health problems of two other GOP Senators also clouded plans for a final vote next week.
“There is no done deal yet from my perspective,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) about the final tax reform bill. “It is not over.”
GOP aides had made clear to reporters on Wednesday that a tentative deal had been reached – even [More]
- 12:21 pm Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The tide of controversy associated with allegations of sexual harassment that has swept the nation and Capitol Hill, forced another lawmaker in the U.S. House to leave his job, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) announced on Thursday that he would not run for re-election in 2018, acknowledging that his staff management had been “decidedly unprofessional.”
“I had no idea how to run a Congressional office,” Farenthold said in a Facebook video.
“I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional,” the Texas Republican added.
While Farenthold said he had allowed ‘destructive gossip, off-hand comments, [More]
- 8:56 pm Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Under fire from Republicans, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, warding off repeated questions from GOP lawmakers who charge that Mueller has assembled a group of senior officials who were pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump.
“Have you seen ‘good cause’ to fire Special Counsel Mueller?” Rosenstein was asked early in a lengthy hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
“No,” Rosenstein answered, as he stuck to that observation throughout the hearing, leaving GOP lawmakers aggravated.
“This is unbelievable,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chastised Rosenstein just like the Ohio Republican demanded more information last week from [More]