House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

BC-APFN-US–Congress-Taxes,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 7:16AM (GMT 13:16) – 1020 words By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates summary, adds audio. Trump remarks expected aboput 11:30 a.m. EST. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging […]

House set to pass $36.5B for hurricane, wildfire relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump’s request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat. Thursday’s hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request, […]

House GOP eyes budget passage that is key to tax debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are focused on cutting taxes instead of deficits as they look to power a $4.1 billion budget plan through the House on Thursday. The 2018 House GOP budget promises deep cuts to social programs and Cabinet agency budgets but its chief purpose is to set the stage for action later this […]

Paul Ryan tweets ‘white supremacy is repulsive’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is the first Republican leader to comment on President Donald Trump’s remarks Tuesday, declaring in a tweet that “white supremacy is repulsive.” The Wisconsin Republican has sought to keep the GOP caucus on Capitol Hill focused on legislative priorities. His Twitter account is full of messages about the need […]

The Republican Party is an institutional failure

Washington, Austin, and Conroe, August 11 – The Republican Party is an institutional failure. It’s tragic, because for 157 years the Grand Old Party has been the greatest political hope for citizens of the United States. Where the Party is now Strangely, the Republican Party’s success defines its failure. Just look at where the Party […]

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writers ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control […]

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. Congressional Republicans are […]

GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington 

THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press BILL BARROW, Associated Press The Republican Party of “no” for Democrat Barack Obama’s eight years is having a hard time getting to “yes” in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and […]

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code […]

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. […]