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Trump teases tax plan release, but it may not be a complete plan

  • 8:44 am Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump on Friday promised a “big announcement” next week on his plans for major tax reform, but soon after, top administration officials were tempering expectations, indicating that the White House would be releasing broad goals of a tax plan, not the details in full legislative text.

“We’ll be having a big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform,” Mr. Trump said as he signed several executive orders dealing with financial matters at the Treasury Department.

“The process has begun long ago, but it really formally begins on Wednesday,” the President added, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin – his [More]

Capitol Hill still trying to figure out departure of Rep. Jason Chaffetz

  • 11:27 am Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Capitol Hill is still trying to digest the biggest news of the week from the halls of Congress, as the decision of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to not run for re-election in 2018 – and maybe resign his seat in Congress before the end of his term – could open up a fight for the chairmanship of a key House committee, even as many wonder why Chaffetz would just walk away from that powerful post.

Here is a look from Capitol Hill:

1. Chaffetz giving up a prime committee chairmanship. The House Oversight Committee has a broad charter, allowing its leader to [More]

Trump tax reform plan coming “very soon”

  • 10:38 pm Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A week before the 100 day mark of President Donald Trump’s time in office, top administration officials say they are on the verge of releasing a sweeping plan to reform the nation’s tax system, waving off questions about whether legislative troubles with a GOP health care proposal would foreshadow tax troubles as well.

Asked when the details of the plan would be released, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “Soon, very soon.”

“We’re very focused on it,” Mnuchin said at a Washington, D.C. event sponsored by the Institute of International Finance.

“Big priority for the President – we will get tax reform done,” Mnuchin [More]

Trump on Paris attack: “What can you say? It just never ends”

  • 5:41 pm Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Again calling for the United States to be ‘strong’ and ‘vigilant’ when it comes to terrorism, President Donald Trump made clear the shooting of police officers in France on Thursday was an all too familiar refrain.

“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends,” the President said at a joint news conference with the Italian Prime Minister.

“We have to be strong, we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Mr. Trump added.

The two leaders had walked into the East Room of the White House to address reporters [More]

GOP making noise again about renewed push on Obamacare overhaul

  • 8:18 pm Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Almost two weeks after leaving Washington, D.C. on an Easter break without taking action on health care, the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law began rumbling again on Wednesday, both from the White House and Congress, as Republicans gave hints that they were narrowing differences on a health overhaul measure.

“We’re very close,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan during a speech in London, as he said the GOP health care plan “is not dead – we’re still working on it.”

Ryan noted that Republicans and President Trump had both run in the 2016 elections on the promise [More]

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he will not run for re-election in 2018

  • 11:23 am Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a surprise announcement, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he would not run for re-election to the Congress, or any other office in 2018, as the high profile chairman of the House Oversight Committee will leave the U.S. House after his current terms runs out on Capitol Hill.

“For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins,” Chaffetz wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

Chaffetz had been feeling political headwinds in recent weeks, as Democrats mobilized [More]

Uncle Sam’s spending – from high tech and subscriptions, to cooks and bathrooms

  • 11:51 pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While Congress and the White House try to work out a plan to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year, spending by Uncle Sam continues on a whole host of items, from highly advanced technical research at NASA and the Pentagon, to more mundane items, like subscriptions to magazines and journals, and janitorial services.

Here’s a few things that the federal government spent your tax dollars on in the past few days:

1. Very smart people doing very smart people things. NASA has been very effective at sprinkling its research facilities around the country, which has spawned strong, [More]

Homeland Security chief says Congress should “shut up and support” Trump efforts to slow illegal immigration

  • 12:13 pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After almost three months of stepped up enforcement under President Donald Trump, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that new efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigration into the United States are quickly paying off, as he said lawmakers in Congress who don’t like the enforcement changes by the Trump Administration should change the laws, or “shut up.”

“If lawmakers do not the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws,” Kelly said in a speech at [More]

In echo of Obama, Trump furthers his agenda by executive actions

  • 10:12 pm Monday, April 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump signs a new executive order on Tuesday to spur both the hiring of American workers and the purchase of American products by the federal government, those type of executive actions represent most of the progress made on his agenda in his first three months in office, as the Congress remains grounded on health care, tax reform and other legislative priorities.

While Republicans growled about President Barack Obama using his “pen and his phone” on executive orders and actions, the GOP looks at things much differently, now that their party is setting that Executive Branch agenda.

“The executive orders [More]

Once again, Congress blows by another April 15 budget deadline

  • 9:38 pm Sunday, April 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In the midst of a two week break from legislative work in Washington, D.C., most lawmakers in the Congress probably did not mark the failure of the House and Senate to approve a spending blueprint by a yearly April 15 deadline, as once again the budget work of the House and Senate is behind schedule before the leaves are fully on the trees.

“On or before April 15 of each year, the Congress shall complete action on a concurrent resolution on the budget,” it states quite clearly in the federal statute that sets out a series of deadlines for lawmakers to [More]

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