Congressional leaders are now looking at a potentially contentious end-of-year spending and debt-limit fight, creating even more uncertainty as to whether tax reform legislation will happen this year. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) insisted again this week that tax reform must happen this year so that lawmakers are not voting on… Read more »

President Trump yesterday struck a deal with Democratic leaders to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months, meaning Congress will need to strike a major bipartisan spending/debt limit deal in December. Congressional Republicans, eager to avoid multiple contentious votes on an issue that divides their rank-and-file members, had initially proposed raising… Read more »

President Trump announced Sept. 5 that his administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which offers protection to roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Enacted in 2012 under the Obama administration, DACA allows undocumented immigrants who are younger than 30 and arrived in… Read more »

For its efforts to make the nation safer and its look to the future, National Volunteer Fire Council earned a 2017 ASAE Power of A Summit Award for its Make Me a Firefighter program, the association’s first-ever recruitment and retainment campaign which combats the decrease in the number of volunteer firefighters over the past three… Read more »

Judges on a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel sounded highly skeptical Aug. 28 of the Trump administration’s efforts to deny grandparents an exemption from Trump’s travel ban executive order. A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments this week on how the travel ban can be implemented while affected parties await a… Read more »