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VIDEO: Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting

  • 3:02 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With a lot of work still needed in Congress on key items of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Mr. Trump met for lunch on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving off no signs of any ill will despite some sparring in the past, as both men vowed to push ahead on plans for major tax cuts and reform, emphasizing the need to get that done by the end of 2017.

“We’re fighting for the same thing – we’re fight for lower taxes, big tax cuts – the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation,” the President said [More]

Trump turns up pressure on GOP Congress to act on health care, tax reform

  • 12:59 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare dead, as he urged Republicans in Congress to lead the way on solutions to overhaul the Obama health law, and to find a way to deliver a major tax reform package as well, making clear that he should not be blamed for any of the legislative miscues by GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

“I’m not going to blame myself – I’ll be honest,” the President told reporters, as he pointed the finger of blame directly at the Congress. “They are not getting the job done.”

“I’m not happy about it,” Mr. Trump said, [More]

Trump ready to press Senate to act on budget outline, tax reform

  • 4:00 am Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

As the U.S. Senate returns to work in Washington, D.C. from a ten day break, President Donald Trump is ready to again publicly press the Congress for action on a sweeping package of tax cuts, meeting on Monday to talk strategy with the top Republican in the Senate, as the GOP continues to quietly put together the details of a tax reform package behind closed doors.

“I really think that we’ve gotta do the most we can,” on tax reform, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who played golf with Mr. Trump on Sunday at the President’s golf course in Virginia.

“We really, [More]

Searching for details of the Trump/GOP tax reform plan

  • 6:03 pm Saturday, October 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

While President Donald Trump and Republicans in the Congress continue to call for approval of the first major tax reforms since 1986, the GOP still has not released a piece of legislation with all of the many details of what would actually be changed in the tax code, leading Capitol Hill reporters on a daily trek to see what they can squeeze out of Republican lawmakers about the plan.

Often, it isn’t much.

“Congressman, how much is the child tax credit going to be increased by?” asked one reporter in a scrum just off the House floor.

“Why would I tell you that?” [More]

Blasting Iran deal, Trump adds even more to a crowded Congressional agenda

  • 4:18 pm Friday, October 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Already asking Congress to approve landmark tax reforms, a controversial package of health care changes, and a series of hot button immigration actions, President Donald Trump on Friday added yet another major item to the Congressional to-do list in 2017, urging lawmakers to pass new legislation in coming weeks adding conditions to the Iran nuclear deal.

“The flaws in the deal also include insufficient enforcement and near total silence on Iran’s missile programs,” the President declared, bluntly warning that if Congress did not act, he might tear up the Iran agreement on his own.

If there was one theme this week across [More]

Trump moves to end insurance subsidies for low income Americans under Obama health law

  • 11:36 pm Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Hours after President Donald Trump unveiled a series of executive actions that could force changes in the Obama health law, the White House announced late Thursday night that it would end the practice of making government “cost-sharing reduction” payments to health insurance companies, which help pay the insurance costs of low income Americans who get health coverage through the Obamacare exchanges.

“Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare,” the White House said in a statement, pressing for [More]

Some Republicans grumble as House approves $36.5 billion hurricane aid bill

  • 10:49 pm Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

As the U.S. House voted Thursday in favor of a package of disaster relief to help those hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, a number of GOP lawmakers voiced their budgetary displeasure, with over five dozen Republicans voting against the bill, as they called for budget cuts, changes in the federal flood insurance program, and other measures to avoid increasing the deficit.

“Unfortunately, the $36.5 billion emergency funding bill passed by the House today is not offset through cuts in other areas of government spending and, thus, will add to our already monstrous national debt,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA).

One [More]

Trump executive actions on health care unlikely to have immediate impact

  • 11:50 am Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

With Republicans in Congress unable to pass a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, President Donald Trump on Thursday took a first step to force change, approving a series of executive actions which he says will allow Americans to buy less expensive health insurance policies in the future, though the exact details of the new plans from the Trump Administration must still be developed, and won’t go into effect immediately.

“I just keep hearing repeal, replace, repeal, replace, and that’s what we’re starting,” the President said in a White House ceremony, emphasizing that this announcement takes the “first steps to [More]

President Trump ready to issue executive actions on health care

  • 8:57 pm Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Unable to get a bill through the Congress to overhaul the Obama health law, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would sign an order on Thursday to “promote healthcare choice and competition,” as Mr. Trump is expected to approve plans that would relax rules under Obamacare, allowing for the sale of health insurance policies that don’t cost as much, but cover fewer medical items.

“With Congress the way it is, I decided to take it upon myself,” the President told reporters on Tuesday in the Oval Office, saying his new plan would “go a long way to take care [More]

Trump complains it is “disgusting” the press is “able to write whatever it wants”

  • 2:56 pm Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Still steamed at a series of recent stories about his White House from NBC News, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took aim at the TV network, wondering aloud about an investigation of the press, denouncing “Fake News,” and complaining about the media’s work on his administration in general.

“It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” the President said during a photo op in the Oval Office, as Mr. Trump said there should be questions asked of the news media – “and people should look into it.”

“The press should speak more honestly,” the [More]

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