The Government is Shut Down and Democrats are to Blame

The Republican-led House did their part, passing a bill on Thursday that would keep the government funded until February 16. They even included a few policy riders, such as a long-term extension of the low-income children’s health insurance program (CHIP), to sweeten the pot in order to woo Democrats into supporting its passage. Despite it…
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Democrats Push the Government Toward a Shutdown

A government shutdown is looming. Unless Congress passed a debt-ceiling increase and a continuing resolution by December 9, the federal government will not have enough money to fund a range of government programs. The disagreement between Republicans and Democrats is over a fix for the so-called “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as…
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House Republicans Achieve Historic Tax Reform Victory

House Republicans achieved a historic legislative victory on Thursday, passing a sweeping tax-reform package that will create jobs, increase paychecks and make the tax code simpler. The pro-growth tax reform package sailed through the House by a vote of 227-205. No Democrats voted for the bill, while a mere 13 Republicans—all from states with high…
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Republicans Take Two Big Steps Toward Tax Reform

Republicans took two enormous steps toward passing fundamental tax reform this week, further paving the way for historic reductions in corporate and individual tax rates. In the House, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed through the Ways and Means Committee after four days of debate and discussion. The markup brought some significant changes to…
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A Tax Reform Plan Purpose-Built for Economic Growth

House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated tax reform and reduction bill, and it was worth the wait. The bill is stuffed with commonsense changes designed to lower income tax rates by sweeping out economy-distorting deductions, credits and loopholes that has slowly eroded the tax code over the last decades. Overall, the 429-page bill, dubbed the…
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Republicans Take Important First Step Toward Tax Reform

Republicans’ push for fundamental tax reform moved one step closer to reality last week with the Senate’s passage of the budget resolution. By passing the budget measure, Republicans have created a vehicle that enables them to use a procedure called “reconciliation” to pass tax reform. The budget resolution provided reconciliation instructions to the Senate Finance…
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GOP’s Tax Framework An Across-the-Board Win for America

President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have released their plan for the most sweeping tax reform in decades. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” President Trump said in a speech after the tax reform framework was released. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class, make…
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House Passes Appropriations Bills On Time and Under Budget

Congress has developed many bad habits over the years. Perhaps the biggest one is the devolution away from regular order in the annual appropriations process. This regression that has watered down democracy by funding the government via huge omnibus spending bills that nobody reads and few people understand. House Republicans last week took the first…
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Toward a Tax Code for Tomorrow

A lot has changed in the last thirty years, especially for the economy. Technological advancements have given us instant access to a vast array of information, which has disrupted and upended entire industries. Similarly, the speed at which things travel has soared at the same time that costs have plummeted, opening up the global market…
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Crisis Averted, Promise Fulfilled. Obamacare is No More

Republicans control the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House for one simple reason: They promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. Today was the first step in fulfilling that fundamental promise. There are certainly easier promises that Republicans could have made. Health care is complex, both when it comes to policy and politics,…
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