Trump Cuts Debt Ceiling Deal with Democrats

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 »

ASAE to Push for DACA Fix

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 »

Spending Bill Likely to Include Harvey Aid

Republican leaders sound increasingly likely to tie disaster relief funding for Hurricane Harvey to a larger bill to fund the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Avoiding a government shutdown and raising the nation’s borrowing limit are top priorities for September when Congress returns from recess, and including the disaster aid could increase pressure… Read more »

Trump Pushes Congress to Pass Tax Cuts

President Trump on Wednesday called on Congress to pass sweeping tax cuts that he vowed would “bring back Main Street” and create more jobs and higher wages for all Americans. Trump, speaking at a manufacturing company in Springfield, MO, laid out few specifics as to how he wants to overhaul the tax code, but said… Read more »

Trump Threatens Shutdown over Border Wall Funding

With a difficult legislative agenda on deck when Congress returns from its August recess, President Trump this week called for a government shutdown if Congress does not approve funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has been critical of “obstructionist” Democrats, but also of Republican lawmakers who he feels are not pushing his… Read more »