Congressional Committees

Will Trump Fill These Key Social Security Positions?

Vacancies in Social Security leadership have existed for years, but the new president could fill in the gaps.<p>Social Security plays a vital role in …

Senate Finance Committee

3 Must Read Stories: Trump Meets Modi, China & Bitcoin, Hong Kong Loses IPO Crown

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will meet with U.S. president Donald Trump this week and will face calls to ease trade barriers for U.S. …

Hong Kong

The “Mayor of Washington” and the Unexpected Portrait

The story of Representative Mary Norton’s portrait commemorating her stint as “Mayor of Washington” reflects Norton’s guiding ethos throughout her …

American History

Utah’s Mike Lee says there’s only one amendment that could get him to vote for the Senate health care bill

Utah Sen. Mike Lee has skewered the Senate health care bill as it stands, fervently pledging to vote against the Republican legislation that looks to …

Senate Finance Committee

Why Washington should continue billions in health care subsidies

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not every day that hospitals and insurers see eye to eye, but there is one thing we agree on -- the government must continue to help lower the cost of health care that millions of lower-income Americans receive.<p>The Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments, which have been paid on a …

Health Care

In tweet attacking Obama, Trump says Russia tried to influence election

WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared to acknowledge that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election, but only so he could blame former president Barack Obama.<p>“Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing …

Russia

Who the Russia investigators are talking to

Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are looking into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election. Here's who they're talking to, …

Senate Committees

Look: James Comey Just Caught On Camera Walking Into The Last Place Anyone Expected

Advertisement - story continues below<p>With storm clouds gathering on Capitol Hill, former FBI Director James Comey made a trip to the New York Times …

Government

Trump Calls Modi 'True Friend' as U.S., India Approach Talks - Bloomberg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday in a White House visit that will allow the leaders to build personal …

World Leaders

Trump, opponents celebrated ending a federal rule, but the fight isn't over — and it could have lasting impact

When President Donald J. Trump put his name to the first bill to repeal an Obama-era federal regulation four months ago, he framed the "big signing" …

Government

How GOP Health Plan Will Cost Lives, Raise Rates

If you wanted a template on how to hurt older, less affluent, children/young adults and disabled Americans over time, you would start with the GOP’s healthcare plan, which emerged from dark backrooms yesterday in Washington.<p>Protecting the perverse principle that no one — particularly the …

Senate Finance Committee

Judiciary committee asks Lynch to disclose Clinton email conversations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Senate judiciary committee sent a letter Friday to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to disclose any conversations with Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee about the FBI's investigation into the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee's use of a …

Senate Committees

U.S. Democrat sees bipartisan support for corporate tax reform

| WASHINGTON<p>U.S. President Donald Trump could find Democratic support for a corporate tax reform package if a comprehensive tax code overhaul runs aground over Republican infighting, a Democratic lawmaker told Reuters on Friday.<p>Representative John Yarmuth, top Democrat on the House of …

U.S. Congress

Trump Just Made The Worst Mistake Of His Life As His Tweets Are Turned Into Criminal Evidence

Trump and the White House made a giant mistake by responding to request from the House Oversight Committee for a formal letter denying the existence …

Donald Trump

U.S. Trade Rep ‘Sympathetic’ But Won’t Take Action

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a congressional committee Thursday that he is “sympathetic” to American motorcyclists, dealerships …

Motorcycles

Chaffetz: Prosecutors Aren't Dealing With Threats Against Members of Congress Insider

<b>'Too Much Misinformation': Trump Supporter Splits With ABC News Over Trump Coverage</b><p>Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said that prosecutors are not diligent enough in addressing cases where a member of Congress is threatened.<p>Democratic official Phil Montag was ousted from his role on Thursday after audio …

U.S. Congress

The House Oversight Committee will not pursue investigation of Trump and Russia

With House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) counting the days until he can head home to Utah, chairman-in-waiting Rep. Trey Gowdy …

Government

White House says Trump tweet meets Comey tapes records request | Reuters

WASHINGTON The White House said in a letter on Friday that a tweet by President Donald Trump on Thursday was the formal answer to a request by the …

Donald Trump

Fearing Border Tax, Retailers Boost Lobbying 31 Percent

by Kennett Werner<p>It’s been a remarkably tough year for the retail sector. So far in 2017, retailers have set a record pace for bankruptcies and store closings. Household names are faring no better than small shops: J.C. Penney said it would shutter 138 locations in July; Macy’s expects 68 locations …

U.S. Congress

Trey Gowdy: Oversight Committee Won’t Pursue Russia Probe

Newly appointed chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Trey Gowdy (R – S.C.), said Friday the committee will not insist upon calling former FBI …

U.S. Congress

Senators Urge Trump to Approve Taiwan Arms Sales

Lawmakers issue bipartisan appeal amid concern the White House is abandoning Taiwan to please China<p>A bipartisan group of senators appealed to …

U.S. Congress

Koch network sharpens criticism of Kevin Brady with op-ed in hometown paper

Officials in the Koch network of political groups sharpened their criticism of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady Friday, promoting …

Kevin Brady

Congress needs to focus on a new authorization for use of military force

At approximately 10 a.m. this past Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held one of the most consequential public hearings that the panel has scheduled so far this year.<p>The topic: “Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force,” also known as AUMF.<p>The goal: …

Military

White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the …

The White House

Sen. Toomey Defends Secret Process on Health Care

Sen. Pat Toomey, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a Republican from Pennsylvania, discusses Medicaid expansion in the new Senate health …

Senate Finance Committee

Donald Trump Is In The Perfect Position To Dramatically Remake The Courts

With 100+ judicial vacancies and a Senate eager to fill them, conservatives are salivating.<p>WASHINGTON ― Most days, it seems like President Donald Trump is sabotaging his own agenda, one tweet at a time. But the White House has been quietly plowing ahead in one area that will affect generations of …

Senate Committees

Ryan backs Russia sanctions; Dems say GOP delaying for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with new sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request.<p>"We just want to get moving on it," the …

U.S. Congress

The White House is pushing to remove a key portion of the Senate's Russia sanctions bill

The White House is asking House Republicans to weaken the Russia sanctions bill passed by the Senate last week so President Donald Trump isn't inclined to veto it when it reaches his desk, The New York Times reported Thursday.<p>House Republicans have long been hawkish on Russia and most, if not all, …

U.S. Congress

Leading U.S. House Republican rejects tax cuts without reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican on tax policy in the House of Representatives rejected the possibility of cutting taxes without fundamental changes to the U.S. tax code on Thursday, as the main actors in the tax reform debate prepared to meet for a fourth time.<p>With the window for tax …

U.S. Congress

From Damning To Noncommittal To All-In: The Rainbow Of Reactions To Senate Obamacare Repeal Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally pulled back the curtain on his much-awaited and mystery-shrouded plan to repeal and replace much …

Senate Finance Committee