- 4:30 am Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As both parties and the White House do their very best to spin the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, it has been an at times tumultuous political start in the White House for President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been able to make progress on some fronts in the opening weeks of his time in office.
Let’s take a look at where Mr. Trump has been able to push the ball down the field in his first 100 days – and where things have not gone according to plan.
1. Neil Gorsuch on the U.S. Supreme Court. [More]
- 11:12 pm Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Even with another major push to get Republicans on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, House GOP leaders were unable to bring the bill to the floor for a vote on Friday, still short of the support needed to squeeze out a majority for a major campaign promise.
A day of arm twisting finally ended around 10 pm on Thursday night, as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told reporters that there would be no vote on Friday or Saturday on health care, and that Republicans would try again next week.
“We’re going to go when we have [More]
- 7:58 am Thursday, April 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With a group of more conservative lawmakers from the House Freedom Caucus now on board, Republicans in the House are setting the table for a possible Friday vote on a GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, a day before President Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.
The clearest sign of a possible vote quietly surfaced overnight, as Republicans posted the text of the GOP health bill – the American Health Care Act – and several related amendments, on a website which shows the expected schedule for the House floor.
The changes included language worked out in [More]
- 2:14 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The Trump Administration today released the basic framework of President Trump’s tax reform plan, which would make dramatic changes in the federal tax code for both individuals and businesses, as top officials urged Congress to act swiftly on what would be the biggest reform of the tax code since a plan approved by President Reagan over thirty years ago.
What would some of those changes look like?
1. Larger standard deduction and fewer tax brackets. For many Americans, the most immediate impact of the Trump tax plan would be a larger standard deduction, which would shield more of your income from federal [More]
- 12:31 pm Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Caught off guard by a provision in a new agreement to be added to a GOP health overhaul bill, Republicans on Wednesday said they would drop language which seemed to exempt members of Congress from coverage changes that would be allowed under the Obama health law, as conservatives in the House rallied around the underlying Republican health bill.
“This is common sense,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), as he said the exemption should be dropped. “We’re going to make sure that members of Congress are under the same rules as our constituents.”
The issue arose as part of a deal struck [More]
- 7:38 am Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The legislative text of a deal being worked out among Republicans on new changes to a GOP health overhaul bill would seemingly carve out an exception to any insurance changes that might affect coverage for members of Congress, allowing them to maintain current benefits under the Affordable Care Act, while states would be allowed to reduce the mandated scope of health insurance coverage for consumers.
Health care reporter Sarah Kliff was one of the first to report on the change, which would seemingly make sure that members of Congress did not see changes to their own health plans.
At issue [More]
- 5:07 pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In a blow to efforts by President Donald Trump to crack down on jurisdictions that protect immigrants illegally in the United States, a federal judge in California has issued a nationwide injunction against a plan to withhold federal dollars going to sanctuary cities, dealing the White House another legal setback on a Trump executive action.
“The threat is unconstitutionally coercive,” wrote federal judge William Orrick, who ruled that the Executive had overstepped his authority with this order.
“The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal [More]
- 12:17 pm Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Top lawmakers on a U.S. House Committee said Tuesday that a review of documents submitted by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shows that the aide to President Donald Trump never revealed he had been paid for a 2015 trip to Russia, and that Flynn never sought the permission of the military or State Department for that venture.
“He was supposed to seek permission prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment, but to engage in that activity,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
“This is something Gen. Flynn was supposed to do [More]
- 8:06 am Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The White House is signaling that the Trump Administration will not insist that a stop gap government funding bill include money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, as negotiations continued with Congress on a plan that would avert a government shutdown on Friday night.
“If you’re actually trying to build a 2200 mile wall, it’s probably not going to happen,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as GOP lawmakers instead suggested money could be approved for a wall, simply by lumping it into broader security upgrades along the border.
“There are a combination of efforts that will be effective along [More]
- 10:18 pm Monday, April 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after a U.S. Senator accused the Trump Administration of using taxpayer dollars to promote President Donald Trump’s private club in Florida, the State Department pulled down a story written by government employees about the resort, what some ethics experts said was nothing more than an advertisement for Mr. Trump’s personal business interests.
“Use of public office for private gain pure and simple,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics attorney for President George W. Bush.
“Realtor.com — not the State Department– should help President Trump sell club memberships for $200,000,” Painter added on Twitter.
At issue was a post done by [More]