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Rep. John Conyers D-MI resigns from House; endorses son to replace him

  • 10:49 am Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The firestorm over sexual misconduct claimed the career of the Dean of the U.S. House on Tuesday, as Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), currently the longest-serving member in the House, announced that he would resign from his office, as he immediately endorsed his son, John Conyers III to replace him in the U.S. House.

“I am retiring today,” Conyers said on the Mildred Gattis radio show in Detroit.

Speaking by telephone from a hospital in the Detroit area where he is being treated for a stress-related condition, Conyers said little about the allegations against him.

“I want everyone to know how much I appreciate [More]

RNC joins President Trump in backing Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

  • 10:41 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

After shying away from Roy Moore over multiple allegations of past sexual misconduct, national Republicans jumped back into the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, as President Donald Trump on Monday publicly endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee decided to start spending money again on Moore’s embattled campaign, with one week until a special election in the Yellowhammer State.

“Go get ’em, Roy!” was what Moore said he was told by the President, as Mr. Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday morning, hours after tweeting his support for the controversial GOP nominee for U.S. Senate [More]

“Go get ’em, Roy!” – President Trump endorses Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in Alabama

  • 12:59 pm Monday, December 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A few hours after tweeting out his support for controversial Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the White House said President Donald Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday, making clear his support for Moore’s election bid, putting Mr. Trump squarely at odds with a number of GOP Senators who have said they find Moore to be an unacceptable candidate.

“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” reporters were told by Principal White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj [More]

Republicans ready for pre-Christmas push on sweeping tax reform bill

  • 11:38 pm Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

After the Senate voted late Friday night to approve a GOP tax reform bill, Republicans in the Congress this week will start work on final negotiations between the House and Senate on tax legislation, as GOP leaders and President Donald Trump look to produce the first sweeping reforms of the federal tax code since 1986.

If you look at the calendar, Christmas is just three weeks away. Congress had been aiming to wrap up work by Friday, December 15, but now a stop gap budget plan may extend work until December 22.

So, that means the GOP has about two and [More]

Details emerge on settlements paid with taxpayer dollars by Congress

  • 8:03 am Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

With a Congressional hearing set for Thursday before a U.S. House committee, some details have come forward in recent days on human resources settlements involving members of Congress, which were paid with taxpayer dollars, as lawmakers in both parties said it was time to expose the full details to the public.

In a letter to the head of the Committee on House Administration – which oversees operations of the House of Representatives – officials detailed legal settlements over the last five years involving Congressional offices and committees, detailing a total of six claims in that time.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), who chairs [More]

With flurry of late changes, Senate passes GOP tax reform bill

  • 1:52 am Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

In another big step forward for Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump, Republicans muscled a sweeping tax reform bill through the Senate early on Saturday morning, setting up House-Senate negotiations starting next week, as the White House pressed lawmakers to strike a final GOP deal in coming weeks, with a goal of getting the bill to the President’s desk by Christmas.

“This tax bill is going to ignite our economy,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). “We delivered on an historic opportunity to cut taxes and fix the archaic tax code.”

“The vast majority of middle class families are going to get [More]

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to making false statements to FBI on Russia probe

  • 11:50 am Friday, December 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn plead guilty on Friday to one felony count of making false statements to the FBI, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections reached into the inner circles of President Donald Trump’s administration, as Flynn admitted that he did not tell the truth about conversations he had with the Russian Ambassador to the United States.

“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country,” Flynn said in a written statement.

“I accept [More]

Senate Republicans stumble in drive for GOP tax reform bill

  • 9:55 pm Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An expected vote on a sweeping package of tax cuts and reforms failed to materialize on Thursday evening in the U.S. Senate, as GOP leaders were forced to renew negotiations with a small group of Republican Senators, following a review which showed that the tax cuts would not spur anywhere near enough economic growth to pay for themselves, instead adding $1 trillion to the federal deficit over ten years.

Republicans had thought they were cruising along to victory in the Senate, planning for a late night vote to approve a GOP tax reform bill – but as the hours dragged on, [More]

Pelosi, Ryan call for Conyers to resign from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations

  • 11:23 am Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Four days after labeling him an “icon” in the Democratic Party, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) should resign his seat in the House, amid a flurry of accusations of past sexual misconduct allegations, as Pelosi said she believed the stories of the women. Her call was immediately echoed by the Speaker of the House.

“I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family, and wish them, however Congressman Conyers should resign,” Pelosi said at her regular weekly news conference.

“The allegations against Congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing, and very credible,” [More]

Senate Republicans edge towards approval of GOP tax reform bill

  • 4:00 am Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

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]

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