Congressional Committees

Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill

WASHINGTON — Republicans lawmakers in the Senate and House said on Tuesday that they are coalescing around a unified tax plan and are aiming to pass a final bill as early as next week.<p>Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said House and Senate negotiators were making progress …

U.S. Politics

Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts

The rush to finish the GOP tax overhaul has hit a snag as Republicans grapple with substantial differences between the House and Senate bills, and pause to consider unintended consequences of the most massive rewrite of the tax code in a generation.<p>Lawmakers are eager to pass the bill, President …

U.S. Congress

Democratic congresswomen call for Trump investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> A group of Democratic congresswomen is calling Monday on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, adding to a growing drumbeat of voices drawing fresh attention to accusations leveled against the President by numerous women.<p>In a …

Justice

56 female lawmakers call for Oversight probe into sexual allegations against Trump

Nearly 60 Democratic female lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to open an investigation into the sexual allegations against …

Donald Trump

Jimmy Kimmel brings his son on set to advocate for CHIP renewal

Congress probably won’t be able to restore federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program by the end of the year, House GOP leadership …

U.S. Politics

Admin says big revenue from GOP tax plan; analysts less rosy

WASHINGTON – The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax …

Business

WATCH: Kimmel Uses Son To Stump For Government Program, Botches The Facts

On Tuesday, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel returned from his several-weeks-long hiatus from being the conscience of America – a hiatus conveniently taken during …

Conservative View

What is the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and why did Jimmy Kimmel just urge Congress to fund it?

Last night, December 11th, Jimmy Kimmel brought his 7-month-old son onto his show to talk about the Children’s Health Insurance Program — aka CHIP. …

Jimmy Kimmel

Are Tech Companies Trying to Derail Sex-Trafficking Bill?

Last month, tech companies, anti-sex-trafficking advocates, prosecutors, and legislators celebrated a hardwon compromise on a bill designed to help …

U.S. Congress

Virginia warning families the state's CHIP program may 'shut down'

Virginia is now the latest state to start informing families enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that their coverage will be …

Senate Finance Committee

Tax negotiators seeking the right dials to turn for a deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to the GOP tax plan currently in the conference committee process, everything is interconnected.<p>Say that Republicans tweak the deduction for state and local taxes one way. Then, negotiators would need to tweak another provision as a result, whether for revenue purposes or to …

U.S. Politics

Homeowner tax changes may hit Republicans

Laura Russo is just the kind of voter the Republicans need, but the party's proposed tax overhaul, which includes limits on the deductions for …

Real Estate

PawSox express concern over changes to stadium-financing plan

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Pawtucket Red Sox issued a statement Monday expressing concerns about changes to the proposed stadium-financing deal, unveiled …

International League

Republicans frustrated over backlash on opioid law

Republican senators on Tuesday showed deep frustration over why lawmakers and involved agencies had not raised concerns about a law that critics now …

Government

Corporate Law & Governance Update: December 2017

Unprecedented 2018 Board Challenges<p>The health system board should be prepared to address an extraordinary number of significant, enterprise-level …

Law

Lindsey Graham: A Roy Moore win would be 'gift that keeps on giving' for Democrats in 2018

If Republican Roy Moore wins Alabama's Senate race on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the GOP should expect consequences in the 2018 midterm elections.<p>The South Carolina Republican — who has repeatedly denounced Moore since sexual misconduct allegations against the Alabama candidate first …

U.S. Congress

Treasury Defends Tax Plan Cost With One-Page Analysis

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department released a one-page analysis of the nearly 500-page Senate tax bill on Monday that suggested the $1.5 trillion plan would more than pay for itself, assuming the economy grows much faster than any independent analysis of the bill has projected.<p>The Treasury …

Economics

Tax reform looks like an attack on cities | Opinion

In an effort to generate savings, the tax packages have taken aim at the tax credit programs and bond financing that underpin the American community …

Philadelphia

Firm denies Flynn inauguration texts about nuke reactor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A firm that once hired Michael Flynn denies he sent text messages during President Donald Trump's inauguration vowing that U.S. sanctions against Russia would be "ripped up" so a Russia-backed nuclear reactor in the Middle East could proceed.<p>But the firm cited only one set of …

U.S. Politics

PawSox says it has concerns over revised stadium proposal

The Pawtucket Red Sox is still reviewing revised financing legislation for a proposed stadium in Rhode Island.<p>The legislation introduced Thursday in …

Business

Congress may cut taxes on beer, wine, liquor this month

CLOSE<p>A glass of wine or a pint of beer a day makes you live longer. Well, all the more reason to drink! Buzz60's Djenane Beaulieu (@djenanebeaulieu) …

Asheville

Why The Kennedy Tax Cut Never Really Happened

The U.K.-based <i>Financial Times</i> recently discussed U.S. economic events of the 1960s, including “tax cuts under President John F. Kennedy in 1964.” This statement is surely jarring to Americans for whom the date November 22, 1963 (Kennedy’s assassination) is emblazoned in their memories as firmly as …

John Kennedy

House committee wraps probe on Meralco 'midnight' deals

Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv<p>MANILA - The House Joint Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability and on Energy wrapped up its probe on …

Philippines

Michael Hiltzik: Killing the state and local tax deduction may be unconstitutional

The debate over eliminating the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes – a linchpin of the Republican tax cut plans working their way …

Business

Long-term deal on children's insurance unlikely in latest spending deal

It is unlikely Congress will adopt a long-term reauthorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in a short-term continuing resolution to …

U.S. Congress

Jeff Landry enters fight over Louisiana Medicaid contracts | NOLA.com

Attorney General Jeff Landry's office doesn't think Gov. John Bel Edwards has the legal authority to issue $15.4 billion worth of Medicaid contract …

Government

Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers

Omaha World Herald. December 8, 2017<p>Lawmakers should decide what to disclose about death penalty protocols<p>Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska …

Business

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Jerusalem Decision

WASHINGTON—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and begin to move the U.S. embassy, calling it a courageous move that would further the Mideast peace process despite scattered protests …

Politics

Don't let grocery lobbyists scrap bottle bill without replacement plans in place

When the Legislature reconvenes next month, keep an eye out for some representatives trying to rescind Iowa’s popular bottle-and-can deposit law with …

Des Moines

Final Jerusalem status is up to Palestinians and Israelis, Haley says

WASHINGTON –– Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the final status of Jerusalem should be "should be decided …

Israel