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As White House Declares Victory, Congress Is Bracing For A Legislative “Groundhog’s Day”

After a difficult first half, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan managed to score two major legislative victories this week just before the clock ran out on what has been one of the most contentious Congresses in recent memory. By marshalling a fractious Republican caucus, the leadership averted a federal government shutdown on the day before […]


Trump Signs Tax Overhaul, Stopgap Spending Bills In First Major Legislative Victory

Update: as previewed moments ago, President Trump on Friday morning signed into law legislation funding the government through Jan. 19 and more importantly, the $1.4 trillion Tax Cut and Jobs Act, i.e. the Tax Reform bill, overhauling the U.S. tax code. Trump is now set to depart for Florida. The bill’s signing ends the president’s […]


House Passes Temporary Funding To Operate Through January 19

Update: Right before ending the session and heading off for a well-deserved holiday, the House passed an $81 billion disaster-relief package in a 251-169 vote. The bill was surprisingly controversial – in part due to the enormous sum being authorized. According to Politico, the fate of the aid package is far from assured in the […]


House Democrats Asked To Vote Against Stopgap Spending Bill

Update: In what could be a serious problem for Ryan and the rest of the GOP leadership, Democratic leaders in the House have asked their members to vote against the Republican continuing resolution bill as it stands.   .@WhipHoyer says House Democrats are being asked to vote against the stopgap-defense-disaster spending package. “We are asking […]


Paul Ryan Adds Disaster Aid, Child Health-Insurance To Spending Bill

House Republicans have decided to attach provisions reauthorizing a popular child health-insurance program and allocating an unprecedented $81 billion in disaster-aid spending to a continuing resolution that would keep the federal government funded until Jan. 19, Politico reported Tuesday, citing anonymous Congressional aids. House Speaker Paul Ryan disclosed the new strategy in a GOP conference […]


Republican Tax Plan Is Headed For Final Round Of Votes

Barring some unforeseen catastrophe (or another floor-vote surprise akin to Sen. John McCain’s last minute decision to strike down the Senate’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare), Congressional Republicans appear all but certain to pass the reconciled version of President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan – the first time Congress has successfully passed comprehensive tax reform […]


Susan Collins Says She’s A ‘Yes’ On Tax Reform, Assuring Vote Passage

In an announcement that effectively clears the way for the GOP's Congressional leadership to send the Republican tax-reform plan to President Donald Trump's desk, Maine moderate Susan Collins said Monday afternoon that she intends to vote for the bill. As Republicans try to pass their No. 1 legislative priorty by week's end, a new controversy […]


These Are The Top 5 Legislative Issues That Could Force The Next Government Shutdown

House Republicans successfully managed to kick the can down the road (if only for two weeks) when they managed to pass a two-week extension last week of the continuing resolution that had been funding the government since September. But after overcoming obstacles created by Democrats and conservative Republicans – with each camp pushing for priorities […]


“It’s A Crisis Situation”: One Chart Explains Why Obamacare Is Locked In An Inescapable Death Spiral

Ever since it was signed into law in 2010, defenders of Obamacare have dismissed staggering surges in annual premiums by highlighting only the rates paid by those fortunate enough to receive subsidies.  In fact, last year we wrote about Marjorie Connolly’s, from Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services, response to the Tennessee insurance commissioner’s […]


House Set To Vote On Stopgap Spending Bill Tomorrow

Update (5:30 pm ET): House Republicans are moving ahead with a plan to avoid a shutdown after the House Rules Committee approved a rule change that will allow Republicans to bring a two-week stopgap plan up for a floor vote Thursday, allowing the senate until end-of-day Friday to avoid a shutdown. The plan helped Speaker […]


Government Shutdown Looms Amid Clash Over “Dreamers” Fate

In an announcement that will provide some measure of relief for T-bill traders and others who are skeptical about Republican lawmakers' ability to compromise with their Democratic colleagues, the Republican House leadership said Tuesday they would bring a stopgap bill to extend funding at its current levels – and preserve funding for a popular child […]


In Major Victory For Trump, Senate Passes “Sweeping” Tax Bill Which Nobody Read: Here’s What’s In It

Shortly before 2am on Saturday, the Senate passed “the most sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, slashing the corporate tax rate and providing temporary tax-rate cuts for most Americans” handing Republicans a badly needed legislative and political victory. Senators voted across party lines in a 51-49 vote, ending days of debate […]


GOP Releases All 479 Pages Of The Tax Reform Bill – “Vote-A-Rama” Begins

The Senate tax bill is headed for a potentially unlimited series of decisions on possible amendments – known as “vote-a-rama” – as the full text of the revised bill has just been released. As Bloomberg reports, it’s unclear how long that process might take, though we do note that unlike Obamacare, Senators will at least […]


Futures Surge As Johnson, Daines Greenlight Tax Bill

After a planned series of votes on the Trump tax plan were called off last night, GOP senators were scrambling to assuage the concerns of Republican holdouts who suddenly decided that the tax bill would blow out the deficit after one proposal – a so-called “trigger” that would automatically raise taxes if revenue targets aren’t […]


In Critical Test Of Tax Reform Bill, Senate Narrowly Approves Motion To Start Debate With 52-48 Vote

Update (5:55PM EST): After a full day of debating the GOP tax reform bill, the Senate has now approved a motion to…drum roll please…debate the GOP tax reform bill.  As we detailed below, this was the first big test for the GOP’s tax bill before the entire Senate and it narrowly passed with a vote […]