Senate Democrats Open to Changes in Obamacare

Senate Democrats still don’t support repealing Obamacare, but some now say they are open to helping Republicans put together replacement legislation once it’s gone. “If it makes sense, I think there’ll be a lot of Democrats who would be for it,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told POLITICO this week. Congressional Republicans are coalescing around a… Read more »

Senate to Use Reconciliation for Tax Reform

Senate Republicans intend to pass tax reform legislation early next year through reconciliation, thereby bypassing the threat of any filibustering by Senate Democrats, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell confirmed to reporters Dec. 12 that the Senate will pass two budget resolutions after President-Elect Trump is sworn in – one repealing Obamacare… Read more »

House Vote Ends Effort to Oust Koskinen

The House voted overwhelmingly to end efforts by hard-line conservatives to oust IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from his post. Members of the House Freedom Caucus had called for Koskinen’s impeachment, holding him responsible for impeding Congress’s investigation into the agency’s alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status several years ago. “John Koskinen has… Read more »

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The House passed a bill today to prevent a government shutdown and continue funding for federal programs and services through April 28, 2017. The continuing resolution maintains the fiscal year 2017 budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. “This legislation is just a Band-Aid, but a… Read more »

Pelosi Chosen Again as House Democratic Leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Nov. 30 won her race to lead House Democrats for another two-year term, though the 134-63 vote was the closest margin of victory in Pelosi’s 14 year stint atop the caucus. Pelosi faced a late challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who argued that the caucus needed change… Read more »