IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who survived years of scathing criticism from congressional Republicans, will leave his post on his own accord when his term expires next month. Koskinen was tapped by President Obama in 2013 to reform the IRS after the agency was accused of unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. Republican lawmakers… Read more »

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Even as Congress works to adopt a budget resolution that could accelerate lawmakers’ ability to pass a tax reform package this year, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this week acknowledged the difficulty of passing major legislation with so few days left on the legislative calendar. “I would like to see it… Read more »

The Senate is in the midst of a 50-hour “vote-a-rama” on various amendments to the budget resolution but appears on track to pass a bill on Friday. Senate Democrats girded for the three-day budget battle by preparing 20-plus amendments that will force Republicans to go on record in support of Medicare and Medicaid cuts to… Read more »

A federal judge in Maryland yesterday granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the latest version of the Trump administration’s travel ban, following a similar order earlier in the week by a judge in Hawaii. The third iteration of President Trump’s travel ban was announced in September and would have banned travelers from six mostly-Muslim countries… Read more »

The White House earlier this week sent a list of demands that President Trump wants included in any deal to turn the expired Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law. In exchange for protecting the 800,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers, Trump is insisting that Congress provide funding for the construction of a… Read more »

On Tuesday the DC Council held a hearing on potential changes to the paid leave bill passed in December of 2016. The hearing addressed five potential amendments to the legislation. City Administrator Rashad Young spoke to the economic and bureaucratic effort needed to create the government-administrated program in the current legislation. Young said a newly… Read more »

President Trump held an event this week in Harrisburg, PA, to emphasize the need for massive tax cuts, while Senate Republicans will try to clear a major legislative hurdle with next week’s vote on their budget resolution. During a speech to truckers in Harrisburg, Trump said workers could see an additional $4,000 in pay if… Read more »

President Trump signed an executive order this morning instructing federal agencies to rewrite federal rules for association health plans (AHPs), which allow small businesses of a similar type to band together through an association to purchase coverage. Under the executive order, membership groups could sponsor insurance plans across state lines and would be able to… Read more »

Next week, the DC Council is considering changes to the paid leave bill passed in December of 2016. On Tuesday, October 10 the DC Council will hold a hearing on multiple paid leave bills to modify the legislation and funding mechanisms for the government program. If unchanged, the current law will go into effect and… Read more »

Republican leaders met with President Trump earlier this week and said the president now wants a much more expansive list of provisions in any deal to turn the expired Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law. Several weeks ago, Trump met with Democratic leaders and essentially agreed to support codifying DACA if lawmakers… Read more »