Lamar Alexander

My brother died on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for what happened next.

<i>Laura Lefler Herzog is a resident of the District.</i><p>Ten years ago on Thanksgiving Day, my 25-year-old brother, Trey, died after a car accident.<p>Trey was handsome and popular — a high school valedictorian and college basketball player with a coveted job working for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). But …

Opinion

To back up claim that schools must change, DeVos cites made-up statistic about the future of work

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a remarkable claim: “Children starting kindergarten this …

Education

Obamacare is thriving despite GOP attempts to kill it

Senate Republicans are set on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate as part of their tax bill. The move would save the …

ObamaCare

Murkowski renews her support for ACA mandate repeal

<b>MURKOWSKI RENEWS HER SUPPORT FOR ACA MANDATE REPEAL —</b> In an op-ed, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and key swing vote writes that she wants to roll back the mandate, a potential boon for her party's long-running struggle to strike down pieces of Obamacare as well as for the chamber's fast-moving tax …

Health Care

Murkowski says she backs Obamacare mandate repeal

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, the Alaska Republican wrote in an op-ed for a local newspaper on Tuesday.<p>"I have always supported the freedom to choose," Murkowski wrote in her op-ed for the Daily News-Miner, an Alaska …

Politics

The cockamamie health care scheme Senate Republicans are using to pass their tax bill

Making the health insurance markets worse will not somehow help fix them.<p>Senate Republicans are gambling that repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate will make the math work on their tax bill.<p>But the $340 billion in savings comes at a huge cost: 13 million fewer Americans are projected to have …

ObamaCare

Alaskan Senator supports free choice for health care

FAIRBANKS —I have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not …

Health Care

C.E.O. Deficit Fears Dissolve With the Prospect of Corporate Tax Cuts

In mid-October 2012, Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, hosted a luncheon on the 49th floor of the firm’s Park Avenue headquarters. The guest list was a boldface roll call of corporate executives and policymakers: Lloyd C. Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, David M. Cote of Honeywell, the …

Business

For Murkowski, Tax Overhaul Isn’t Just Business. It’s Personal

Inclusion of ANWR drilling could put her in new Alaska league<p>Twelve years ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski sat at the breakfast table with her youngest son, …

Politics

Financial aid officers say the government must stop charging fees to borrow money for college

The federal government makes billions of dollars a year charging students and parents fees to borrow money for college, but a group of financial aid officers say those loan origination fees are a burdensome tax on families that Congress needs to end.<p>"This does not make sense in a federal loan …

College & University

Give Trump a Chance, Alexander Says

Tennessee Republican strikes tone of harmony as Senate GOP tries to pass tax code overhaul<p>President Donald Trump was elected by the American people …

Politics

White House softens stance on Moore, cites tax vote

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**<p><b>On the roster: White House softens stance on Moore, cites tax vote - New questions on savings, uninsured rate from killing mandate - Romney Senate hopes rise as potential rival drops out - Another Dem joins Bill Clinton</b> …

U.S. Politics

Mulvaney: WH would drop individual mandate repeal if 'impediment' to tax reform

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the Trump administration wants a repeal of the individual health care mandate included in the GOP's tax reform plan, but is willing to take it out if it gets in the way of passage.<p>"If we can repeal part of …

ObamaCare

Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education

Ending a tax deduction for interest paid on student loans. Raising taxes for more than 100,000 graduate students who receive tuition waivers. Imposing a levy on endowments at certain private colleges and universities.<p>These actions are anathema to higher education leaders across the country. Yet …

Higher Education

New ad encourages Collins to vote ‘no’ on tax bill

WASHINGTON — A liberal group has launched a seven-figure ad campaign to encourage Republicans to vote against the Senate's tax bill.<p>First up: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has said that she has deep concerns about the Senate version of the bill, which would slash the corporate tax rate, make …

Politics

Sen. Lamar Alexander: Roy Moore is a problem for the GOP majority

Sen. Lamar Alexander sat down with CNBC to discuss a range of topics, including what he sees as the GOP's biggest problem. What follows is an edited, …

Sen. Alexander pledges to work with Trump, even when he disapproves of his style: 'Let's give him a chance'

Sen. Lamar Alexander sat down with CNBC to discuss a range of topics, including his view of President Donald Trump. What follows is an edited, …

Ronald Reagan

Forget tax reform. The looming government shutdown could be an even bigger disaster for GOP

"To avoid a filibuster in the upper chamber, Republicans will also need the support of at least eight Democrats."<p>The current façade of Republican …

John Boehner

Murkowski signals she can support tax bill — if Alexander-Murray is part of package

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMoore digs in amid mounting GOP criticism Republicans float pushing back Alabama special election Moore defends …

Health Care

Trump's Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Dying In The Senate As Lisa Murkowski Is A No

With Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska making it clear that she is a no vote, the Republican tax cuts for the rich are at risk of dying in the …

Liberal View

Congress and Trump will try jamming a year of work into a month

The House, the Senate and <b>President Trump</b> are all about to leave Washington for a Thanksgiving break — members of Congress to their districts, the president to his Mar-a-Lago resort.<p>When they return, a year’s worth of work awaits them: a tax bill, immigration issues, children’s healthcare, and the …

Politics

After 50 years in politics, Sen. Lamar Alexander faces Trump's chaos with calm

Sen. Lamar Alexander's 50-year career in politics spans every top job short of the presidency. He began as an aide to Sen. Howard Baker, worked in …

Steve Bannon

Senate committee passes GOP tax plan, but mandate repeal might not be a devastating blow

<b>SENATE FINANCE MOVES ACA MANDATE REPEAL FORWARD —</b> The committee on Thursday night advanced Senate Republicans' tax plan in a party-line vote, hours after the House approved its own competing tax plan, POLITICO's Brian Faler reports.<p>The Senate's measure includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's …

Health Care

End the Wind Production Tax Credit

It’s an expensive, wasteful subsidy to an inefficient industry.<p>Congress is focused on making our backward tax code into something that encourages our …

Conservative View

Happy Hour Roundup

* Aggelos Petropoulos and Richard Engel have the bizarre tale of a Panamanian Trump resort that somehow became a vehicle for money laundering:<p>An NBC News investigation into the Trump Ocean Club, in conjunction with Reuters, shows that the project was riddled with brokers, customers and investors …

Opinion

List: Senate Bill No. 69-2017 – The Peremptory and Preemptive Senator Self-Nicknaming Act

Be it enacted by the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled, this Act may be cited as the “Peremptory & Preemptive Senator …

Humor

What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country.<p>The uninsured rate in Texas is six times higher than in Massachusetts. You’re four times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in Maryland or New Jersey than in Hawaii. One-third of …

Health Care

Trump Rails Against Drug Industry, but Turns to its Ranks to Fill Administration

WASHINGTON—President Trump has vilified the pharmaceutical industry and made bold promises to lower prescription drug prices. But when it comes to …

Pharma

Senate committee hearing on CRISPR technology features Stanford researcher | Scope Blog

Stanford University School of Medicine researcher Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, was one of three expert witnesses who spoke at a U.S. Senate committee …

Genetics

GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won’t back it

<i>Follow Thursday’s updates here</i>: House GOP poised to pass its tax bill as Senate plan suffers setbacks<p>The Republican effort to overhaul the tax code suffered serious setbacks Wednesday after a conservative senator unexpectedly said he opposed the Senate plan and a GOP moderate raised major concerns …

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