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Politics Aug 12Trump spat with Senate leader complicates tough agenda
Donald Trump's attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come at the worst possible time, if the president's goal is to accomplish the agenda on health care, infrastructure and taxes he's goading his GOP ally to pass.
Politics Aug 01Senate Democrats say ‘no’ to GOP tax plan, cuts for ‘top 1 percent’
Most Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn't pay more.
Politics Jul 27House GOP passes $788 billion spending bill that boosts Pentagon budget, border wall
The 235-192 vote both eases a large backlog of unfinished spending bills and gives Trump and his House GOP allies political wins heading into the August recess.
Politics Jul 27Trump’s ban on transgender military members divides veterans in Congress
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an…
Politics Jul 18House GOP budget plan calls for major cuts to benefits, paving way for tax overhaul bill
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts opposed by President Donald Trump.
Politics Jul 14House Republicans to move ahead with budget plan as debate over mandatory program cuts continues
The House Budget Committee will vote next week on the plan, which would spend far more money next year than Trump has proposed.
Politics Jul 13CBO says Trump’s budget doesn’t balance federal ledger as promised
Thursday's Congressional Budget Office report says that Trump's budget, if followed to the letter, would result in a $720 billion deficit at the end of 10 years instead of the slight surplus promised.
Nation Jul 12Should e-cigarettes be exempt from FDA rules? A House panel says yes
Legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. But most panel Democrats said the products are dangerous and are targeted at children.
Politics Jul 12House Republicans seek cuts to foreign aid, support for U.S.-Mexico wall
In a flurry of summertime activity, congressional panels in the House and Senate released various spending bills to fund government agencies and departments in 2018.
Politics Jun 29As deficit spikes, CBO says Congress must act on debt by October
A new government estimate says the drop-dead deadline for lawmakers to increase the government's borrowing limit is early to mid-October.