House GOP Plans Health Care Vote Today

House leaders now believe they have the votes to pass the GOP health care bill later today after agreeing to add a provision to give states an additional $8 billion in funding to help cover insurance costs for sick people and those with pre-existing conditions. “We have enough votes,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy… Read more »

House ACA Repeal Compromise Gains Support

House Republicans are floating a new amendment to their health care bill that would allow states to opt out of central consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, provided the states offer an alternative proposal that lowers premiums or provides for greater competition among health insurance providers. Yesterday the amendment won support from the Freedom… Read more »

Trump Ready to Take Reins on Tax Reform

The Trump administration on Wednesday released the outlines of a tax reform plan that includes steep cuts in tax rates but abandons the controversial border adjustment tax that House leaders have been pushing in their own tax blueprint. The White House plan calls for a huge cut in the corporate tax rate, from 35 percent… Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Issue Could Trigger Shutdown

The Trump administration is urging congressional Republicans to deny funding for sanctuary cities in a must-pass spending bill later this month, a stance that would almost certainly increase the threat of a government shutdown. When Congress returns from a two-week recess, lawmakers will be facing a deadline of April 28 to pass legislation that funds… Read more »

Trump Says ACA Repeal Still Top Priority

President Trump appeared to reshuffle his legislative agenda again this week by saying that Congress has to pass an Affordable Care Act replacement bill before undertaking any other major priorities such as tax reform. After suffering through a failed health care repeal-and-replace effort last month, Trump said he was content to move on to overhauling… Read more »