- 4:00 am Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With the final details of a GOP tax reform bill still in flux, the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday evening to begin debate on the Republican plan, setting up an expected final vote on the measure by the end of the week, as GOP leaders joined the President in promising to pass a sweeping package of tax cuts and reforms by the Christmas break.
“It’s a once in a generation opportunity,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on the Senate floor. “The last time we reformed our tax code in any substantial way was 31 years ago.”
“Passing tax reform is the single [More]
- 3:47 pm Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Buffeted by accusations of sexual harassment against members of Congress, and questions about secret legal settlements funded in the past by taxpayer dollars, the House approved a plan on Wednesday to strengthen harassment training in Congress, as key lawmakers said there should be ‘zero tolerance’ for such behavior, even as more stories were told about incidents that took place on the floor of the House.
“Bad behavior transcends party labels,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), as she argued for more comprehensive harassment training on Capitol Hill.
“It is very hard to accept that people we admire in public life, and here in [More]
- 9:09 pm Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With a second House Democrat calling for his resignation over past allegations of unwanted sexual advances, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) found himself under pressure Tuesday to step down from his seat in the U.S. House, as a top black lawmaker in Congress said it would be up to the Michigan Democrat to decide his own future.
“Today I met with John and we had a very candid conversation about the seriousness of the allegations against him, which he vehemently denies,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Any decision to resign from office before the ethics investigation [More]
- 3:19 pm Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As a Senate committee voted on Tuesday afternoon to send a GOP tax reform bill to the floor for debate, President Donald Trump used a closed door lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol to urge GOP Senators to push ahead on a tax reform plan, even as Republicans struggled to figure out a batch of last minute changes to the bill, in hopes of gaining Senate approval of the measure in coming days.
“It was outstanding,” the President said of the meeting on tax reform, as he called it a ‘love fest.’
“He came and urged all the Republican members of the [More]
- 7:54 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill this afternoon to meet with Senate Republicans, as GOP leaders in the Senate try to keep a sweeping tax reform package on track, with lawmakers fully expecting more changes to the measure to nail down the final few votes.
“I think the tax bill is going very well,” the President said Monday after meeting with a group of GOP Senators involved in designing the Senate’s version of tax reform.
“Again – it will be the biggest tax reduction in the history of our country,” Mr. Trump said, once more emphasizing the main GOP theme of [More]
- 1:47 pm Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Back on Capitol Hill for the first time since facing accusations of sexual misconduct towards women, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told reporters he has ‘let a lot of people down,’ as he pledged to regain their trust, indicating he has no plans to resign his seat in the U.S. Senate.
“I know that I have let a lot of people down, the people of Minnesota, my colleagues, my staff,” Franken said to a group of reporters waiting outside of his U.S. Senate office, eleven days after being accused of inappropriate behavior by a woman who was on a USO tour with [More]
- 9:00 pm Sunday, November 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the House and Senate head back to Capitol Hill for the final weeks of 2017, the legislative to-do list is long for lawmakers in the Congress, but there really is only one main priority for Republicans and President Donald Trump, and that is getting a sweeping GOP tax reform package through the House and Senate – and have it signed into law by the end of the year.
“The Tax Cut Bill is getting better and better,” the President tweeted on Sunday night; he’ll meet with Congressional leaders this week as they try to figure out how to get the [More]
- 2:44 pm Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
On every Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to take some time and think about what you and your family are thankful for in 2017 – but at the same time, we may as well try to figure how Turkey Day is playing in political circles as well.
In terms of political news, reporters on Capitol Hill and Washington, D.C. are currently going through an almost never-ending avalanche of stories, erupting daily (or even hourly) in what seems to be a high rate of speed in this new social media atmosphere.
Let’s take a look at a few things on this Thanksgiving 2017:
- 10:21 pm Sunday, November 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Congressional Republicans left Capitol Hill late last week excited about the prospects for sweeping legislation which would deliver tax cuts and tax reform, as with approval of a House tax bill, the focus has shifted to the Senate, and whether GOP leaders can muster the needed votes to approve a slightly different GOP tax measure after Thanksgiving.
“This bill gives Americans more take home pay by cutting taxes and preserving deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – while he’s on board, only a handful of GOP Senators are expected to determine the fate of [More]
- 9:07 am Saturday, November 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the House voted along party lines on Thursday to approve a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms, one peculiar part of the floor debate came when a number of Republicans – who voted for the bill – took to the floor to request changes in the their party’s plan, as some highlighted unintended consequences, while others objected to the basics of the measure.
Known in parliamentary parlance as a “colloquy,” the scripted exchanges between lawmakers are often done to clarify the legislative intent of a bill, or in this case, to urge action in a specific way in House-Senate negotiations.