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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady have told Republicans that the controversial border-adjusted tax on imports is no longer part of tax-legislation negotiations, according to four people familiar with the ongoing discussions.It's unclear if a statement coming Thursday from the so-called Big Six -- which includes Ryan, Brady, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Finance Committee C ...
A GOP congressman Thursday laughed at White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci's suggestion the president might veto a Russia sanctions bill — to get an even tougher one.In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) said Congress would override any veto by President Donald Trump on legislation that both chambers "overwhelmingly passed."Scaramucci, in earlier remarks to CNN, floated the idea that Trump could do just that."He may sign the sanctions exactly th ...
The Senate has approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.The legislation heads to President Donald Trump. He's expected to sign the measure into law even though the bill includes provisions that bar him from easing the penalties on Russia without first getting permission from Congress.Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override power of the president on national security matters. But he has little choice but ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he is not resigning from his post, despite news reports that suggest otherwise."I'm not going anywhere," Tillerson said after meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.When asked how long he plans to stay in the Trump administration, Tillerson replied, "As long as the president lets me."CNN reported Monday that Tillerson is frustrated with the White House, disagrees with President Donald Trump's public criticisms ...
President Donald Trump on Wednesday donated his second-quarter paycheck of $100,000 to the Department of Education, The Hill reports."The President is committed to our nation's students and to reforming education in America so that every child, no matter their zip code, has access to a high-quality education," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said.The donation will be used to host a science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp for students at the DOE."We want to encourage as many student ...
Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner told an audience at a private trade show last week he used to sneak into the White House to meet with President Barack Obama."If I didn't sneak in, if I went in like I would normally go in, the right-wing press would go crazy. 'What is Boehner up to?'" Boehner said in videotape of the event reported on by The Washington Post on Tuesday."The left-wing press would go just as crazy," Boehner continued. "'What is Obama doing? He's going to let Boehner rol ...
Newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has fired an aide close to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer in a bid to purge the White House of leakers.The plan to fire assistant press secretary Michael Short, one of many staffers in a department dominated by former Republican National Committee employees loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer, was first reported by POLITICO.“ ...
The DNC operative at the center of Ukraine election interference was working with Democrats and a convicted bomber after the election.Alexandra Chalupa, the former Clinton White House staffer and DNC operative at the center of the Ukrainian election collusion scandal, was actively working with Democratic lawmakers just after the election on the Trump/Russia narrative, enlisting the aid of convicted serial bomber Brett Kimberlin as she brought a foreign national into the country to meet with lawm ...
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump would trigger “a cataclysm’’ if he fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller or pardons himself, even as one of the president’s lawyers said pardons aren’t being discussed.Schumer said he can’t imagine his Republican colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, “just standing by” if Trump moves to dismiss Mueller or pardons himself or someone close to him who’s under investigation.“It ...
Bernie Sanders just won't back down.The independent from Vermont who ran against Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket in 2016 is considering another run in 2020, The Hill reported Sunday.“He thinks he's earned the right to run again, and he believes if he would have been the [Democratic] candidate he would have won against Trump,” a Sanders associate told The Hill. “The last thing he's going to do is step aside and let Joe Biden take it.”Jeff Weaver, a longtime advisor to Sanders, also confi ...
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