Congressional Committees

House Committee Restarts Probe of Russia's Election Meddling - Bloomberg

The House Intelligence Committee is stepping up its probe into Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election, seeking testimony from five key …

Government

House Oversight Committee calls on Trump’s business to prove he’s not violating the Constitution

Trump promised to donate profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, but there’s no proof he’s following through.<p>Days after a lawsuit …

Government

Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

For this week’s Shortwave podcast, P.J. Tobia breaks down the multibillion dollar private surveillance industry. Photo by Pawel …

Surveillance

Here are 5 reasons Trump and Congress are struggling with tax reform

After failing to secure the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, Congressional Republicans are turning their attention to tax reform. But that's another issue where they may be divided. USA TODAY<p>A tax reform plan was supposedly imminent when President Trump met with airline executives at the …

U.S. Congress

House Oversight Committee ranking member: All Democrats deserve blame for 2016 loss

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) disagreed with Democratic National Committee deputy chair Rep. Keith Ellison's (D., Minn.) attempt to blame 2016 electoral losses on former President Barack Obama, saying that all Democrats failed to build the party after Obama's win in 2008.<p>"All of us Democrats had …

U.S. Congress

5 Big Moments In Jason Chaffetz’s House Career That Make Us Miss Him Already

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced he won’t run for Congress again in 2018. Some say he’s paving the way to run for governor in Utah since he …

Government

U.S. Denies Exxon Bid for Waiver on Russia Sanctions -- Update

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has rejected a bid by U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. to resume a Black Sea oil venture with a sanctioned Russian firm close to the Kremlin, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.<p>The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Exxon last month sought …

Russia

Later School Start Time Bill Passes Calif. Senate Committee

The bill is opposed by the California Teachers Association, the state's teachers union, and California School Boards Association.

Senate Committees

‘Absolutely, Positively Not’: Chaffetz Says He’s Not Leaving Congress Due to an Impending Scandal

First, he announced he would not seek another term in Congress. Then, he said he might leave early.<p>So what’s the deal, <b>Jason Chaffetz</b>? Is there a …

Government

Measure to require arbitration for construction defects disputes gets the ax in the House

A day after a construction defects reform bill passed a House committee to great celebration by public officials, another bill aiming to boost …

U.S. Congress

Tax reform hearing appears to be delayed

The House Ways and Means Committee had been planning to hold its first of several tax-reform hearings next Thursday, but it doesn't appear that a …

U.S. Congress

Chaffetz May Not Finish Congressional Term, Says There’s ‘Absolutely’ No Scandal

Days before the election, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who led the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, told the …

Politics

There's a tsunami headed for Trump and the GOP

Democrat Jon Ossoff came tantalizingly close to winning the "jungle primary" in Georgia's 6th district on Tuesday. Because he fell two points short …

Elections

Most Insufferable Congressman in America Considers Early Retirement - Vice

After announcing a day earlier that he will not seek reelection in 2018, Utah Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz turned heads Thursday when he told a local radio station he might not even finish out his current term.<p>Thank the lord. The bad news? The most powerful oversight watchdog in the House, …

Jason Chaffetz

Republican-backed campus free speech bill stalls in N.C. House committee, for now

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest<p>A Republican-shepherded bill aimed at curtailing UNC campus protests of conservative speakers hit some snags in the state House …

U.S. Congress

Health subsidy demand jams up shutdown fight

Democrats’ demand that ObamaCare subsidies be wrapped into a must-pass spending package is complicating GOP efforts to prevent a government shutdown …

U.S. Congress

House committee approves modified permitless carry legislation

After a similar bill failed at the Capitol in 2015, a measure that would allow Texans to carry a firearm without a permit is headed to the full Texas …

Gun Control

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 4.19.17

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.<p>* In a surprise move, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz …

U.S. Congress

Texas bill requiring burial of fetal remains passes out of House committee

Texas hospitals and abortion clinics would have to bury or cremate fetal remains under a measure that passed out of a House committee on Tuesday.<p>It's …

Abortion

Trump eyes cap on charitable deductions

The Trump administration is taking a serious look at capping tax deductions for charitable contributions, according to a source familiar with the …

Taxes

Trump’s Tax Secrecy Will Haunt Republicans in 2018

In the normal course of American political life, Tax Day plays a fairly limited role—an ideological emblem either of the yoke of government power or …

Taxes

How Taxes Distort Business

By: Jeff Deist <br>Today is Tax Day in America. When April 15th happens to fall on a weekend, the IRS generously permits us to extend the filing ritual …

Taxes

EPA may consider closing Chicago office

The Trump administration could consider closing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional office in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.<p>…

Flint

As Trump Inquiries Flood Ethics Office, Director Looks To House For Action

Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr. is calling on the chairman of House Oversight Committee to become more engaged in overseeing ethics questions in the Trump administration.<p>In an interview with NPR on Monday, Shaub said public inquiries and complaints involving Trump …

Government

Rep. Quigley on House Committee’s Russia Investigation

Nearly four months into Donald Trump’s presidency, tension over foreign affairs is flaring up.<p>During a visit Monday to South Korea, Vice President …

Government

Renewable energy tax cut rewrite may be uphill battle for GOP :experts

The past decade has brought about a monumental shift in how fuel sources benefit from the U.S. tax code, with renewable energy more than lapping its …

Renewable Energy

Is Donald Trump the reason Jason Chaffetz just made the surprise decision to not run for re-election?

On Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Alexis Levinson reported that the Utah congressman had decided not to run for re-election in 2018. Chaffetz confirmed the …

Bernie Sanders

Viral fundraising catapults Democrat Kathryn Allen over Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Democrat and first-time candidate Kathryn Allen has leapfrogged Rep. Jason Chaffetz in nearly every metric of campaign fundraising: She raised more …

U.S. Congress

Tax Day demonstrators to demand Trump release his taxes

Protesters are expected to take part in Tax Day demonstrations nationwide, calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.<p>Organizers …

Taxes

Hoffbeck: Call for full fiscal plan stands amid new forecast

Alaska Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck says a forecast calling for higher-than-expected revenue this year and next will help the state's fiscal …

Oil