Schumer, Wyden Request Audit of NRA’s Tax Exemption

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) this week called on the IRS to examine whether the National Rifle Association should lose its tax-exempt status. The letter cites an investigative report by Senate Finance minority staff into a 2015 NRA delegation trip to Moscow and questions about… Read more »

Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill earlier today to keep the government running through Nov. 21. The 82-15 vote came a week after the House passed the same measure so the Senate’s action will send the bill to President Trump for his signature. Once signed by President Trump, the short-term CR will give Congress… Read more »

Grassley Optimistic About Tax Extenders

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said this week he remains optimistic about addressing all expired or expiring tax extenders this year. “I would expect that as of right now, if there’s an extenders package, that there won’t be anything left out,” Grassley told Bloomberg BNA. He added that Democrats would need to agree… Read more »

Impeachment Inquiry Could Bog Down Legislative Agenda

House Democrats’ decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry of President Trump could slow down the progress of a slew of other issues Congress wants to address, such as infrastructure, gun control,  a trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and the appropriations process for fiscal year 2020. Just hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the… Read more »

McConnell Backs Election Security Measure

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said today that he supports giving states an additional $250 million next year to improve their election security systems. The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed by voice vote today to add the additional funding for election security grants to a spending bill covering financial services and general government operations. “I’m… Read more »