Democratic Party Platform Seeks Cadillac Tax Repeal

Democrats are calling for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax on employer-provided health plans, according to the party platform released in advance of the Democratic National Convention this week. While still supportive of the ACA overall, Democrats led by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have more recently realized that the proposed 40 percent… Read more »

Trump Revising Tax Plan to Mirror GOP Blueprint

Donald Trump is planning to release a revised tax reform plan that costs significantly less than his initial draft and overlaps with the tax blueprint released by House Republicans in June. “These plans are going to be kissing cousins,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) told reporters this week. The GOP tax… Read more »

GOP Convention Platform Bashes IRS

Not surprisingly, the 2016 GOP platform – released as the Republican Party kicked off its convention in Cleveland July 18 – reflects conservative lawmakers’ deep distrust of the IRS and its commissioner John Koskinen. The platform suggest that Koskinen has “lied to Congress, hidden evidence, and stonewalled investigations,” and that he should be impeached. That’s… Read more »

Oversight Committee Passes Postal Reform Bill

After years of stalled legislation to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously passed two bills last week that would allow several reforms the agency says are badly needed. The Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714), cosponsored by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and… Read more »