President Trump said this week he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government if Congress does not approve at least $5 billion for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a year-end spending deal. Congress is facing a Dec. 7 deadline to pass legislation funding the Homeland Security Department, the State… Read more »

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) last night offered a “manager’s amendment” to his year-end tax package which includes a full repeal of UBIT on qualified transportation and parking fringe benefits provided by tax-exempt organizations. Included in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the provision forces tax-exempt groups to pay tax… Read more »

Congress is still at odds over border security funding and leaders are now weighing fallback plans should no agreement be reached when government funding runs out on Dec. 7. Congressional leaders are increasingly frustrated that a partial government shutdown is potentially two weeks away, particularly because both parties have already largely agreed to spending levels… Read more »

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) last Friday confirmed his interest in serving as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee when the 116th Congress is seated in January. Grassley currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee but wants to return to the tax-writing committee he chaired briefly in 2001 and then from 2003 to 2007. Under Senate Republican… Read more »

The District is moving ahead with plans to implement one of the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave programs. Earlier this year, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson indicated he was willing to make changes to the funding of the paid leave program, but last month Mendelson told the Washington Post he would not revisit… Read more »

Congressional Republicans held leadership elections this week, with both chambers choosing to stay the course for the most part. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will keep his post next year, while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the job of incoming minority leader in the House. GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) retained his leadership post… Read more »

The early returns on association health plans (AHPs) – expanded by the Trump administration earlier this year to give small businesses and self-employed workers more options for coverage – are encouraging, according to recent reports. Most of the early AHPs that have formed or expanded since the Department of Labor’s June rule cover pre-existing conditions… Read more »

Before House Republicans slip into the minority next year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is preparing legislation to fix the “retail glitch” and other errors in last year’s tax law, along with a tax extenders package. “We are prepared and ready if there is an appetite to move some of these… Read more »

Congress has returned to work this week needing to agree on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills to prevent a partial shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. After last week’s midterm elections, the political dynamic has changed with Democrats gaining at least 32 seats to retake the House, with several races still undecided. Reaching common ground… Read more »