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gop looks for fast answers to reconcile house, senate tax bills


u.s. rep. peter roskam said monday the republican-led house and senate have “crossed the rubicon” by passing separate overhauls of the tax code and predicted lawmakers soon would bridge gaps between the two versions. “the fact that now the house has passed a bill and the senate has passed a bill... (katherine skiba)






nine differences between the house and senate tax plans — and how the


senate tax-writers kept some deductions the house would eliminate, but also cut some the house kept in a scaled down way.        






after house passage, the senate is likely to start over on the health care bill


the senate is expected to make significant changes in the house-passed legislation.        






highlights of senate, house gop bills to overhaul tax code


the senate and the house seek to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code but go about it in different ways. with the senate bill passed saturday and the house bill passed two weeks ago, congressional republicans now will work quickly on a compromise measure to send to president donald trump by christmas.a comparison of the senate and house bills, each coming in at nearly $1.5 trillion:— personal income tax rates: senate bill retains the current number of brackets, seven, but changes them to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 38.5 percent. under current law, the top bracket for wealthiest earners is 39.6 percent. the house measure condenses seven brackets to four: 12, 25, 35 and 39.6 percent. under the senate bill, the reductions in personal income tax rates are temporary, ending in 20






these key provisions of the senate tax bill may be a tough sell in the house


a house-senate conference committee must smooth out differences, including the estate tax and obamacare mandate, between each chamber's bills.        






russia sanctions bill faces delay in house


washington—a bill to expand sanctions against moscow and wrest greater control over russia policy from the white house has hit a snag in the house of representatives after passing in the senate last week.house and senate members worked together on the legislation, but the measure as passed may violate the origination clause of the constitution,...






house gop stalls iran, russia sanctions, blames procedure


washington (ap) — house republicans are stalling a hugely popular bill to slap iran and russia with economic sanctions over a procedural issue they’re blaming the senate for creating.speaking to reporters wednesday, majority leader kevin mccarthy says “the problem is the senate screwed up.”at issue is a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue originate in the house.the sanctions bill was crafted by the senate, which passed the measure overwhelmingly last week and then sent it to the house for action.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.mccarthy says the senate can repair the bill or the house can write its own sanctions legislation. he didn’t provide a timetable for either pathway.democratic lawmakers and aides are mystified over the delay. they f






big victory for gop as tax plan passes in house, but senate fate unclear


but each plan also would erase the current $4,050 personal exemption and annul or reduce other tax breaks. the house would limit interest deductions to future home mortgages of up to $500,000, down from today's $1 million, while the senate would end deductions like moving expenses and tax preparation.ryan said he'd seek to add tax breaks to help puerto rico recover from recent hurricanes to a house-senate compromise.associated press writers kevin freking, richard lardner and matthew daly contributed to this report.






lawmakers return to capitol after voting to raise taxes


springfield, ill. — illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the house to increase income taxes by 32 percent.attention turns monday to the senate, where lawmakers will consider the budget measures approved by the house a day earlier. the tax legislation increases the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to just under 5 percent. corporations would pay 7 percent instead of 5.25 percent.republican gov. bruce rauner already promised to veto it.also moving to the senate is a $36 billion spending plan the house ok'd sunday. it's about $1 billion less than the spending outline the senate passed in may.the house turns its attention to other matters such as a senate plan to borrow billions of dollars to pay down overdue bills.






us senate majority leader urges less drama from white house: bloomberg tv


senate majority leader mitch mcconnell on tuesday said congress could do with fewer presidential distractions amid reports of u.s. president donald trump’s disclosure of intelligence information to russia and the white house’s subsequent rebuttal.“we could do with a little less drama from the white house on a lot of things so we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing obamacare,” the top senate republican said in an interview with bloomberg television.






house and senate may work simultaneously on competing bills to overhaul tax code


as studies measure the impact on groups of taxpayers and the federal debt, house and senate weigh competing tax plans.        






senate gop plan would delay corporate tax cut, protect mortgage interest deducti


senate republicans are forging their own path on the effort to overhaul the u.s. tax code, offering a plan thursday that would delay an immediate corporate tax cut president donald trump has demanded and blow up house republicans' carefully crafted compromise on a controversial tax deduction.gop senate leaders unveiled a tax package that would delay cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent until 2019. that's a major departure from trump's insistence on immediate tax cuts that he says are necessary to spur the economy.the one-year delay would lower the cost of the senate bill by more than $100 billion, giving negotiators more revenue for other changes. but it could also delay companies moving back to the united states from overseas or prompt them to hold off on other dec






senate gop plan would delay corporate tax cut, protect mortgage interest deducti


senate republicans are forging their own path on the effort to overhaul the u.s. tax code, offering a plan thursday that would delay an immediate corporate tax cut president donald trump has demanded and blow up house republicans' carefully crafted compromise on a controversial tax deduction.gop senate leaders unveiled a tax package that would delay cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent until 2019. that's a major departure from trump's insistence on immediate tax cuts that he says are necessary to spur the economy.the one-year delay would lower the cost of the senate bill by more than $100 billion, giving negotiators more revenue for other changes. but it could also delay companies moving back to the united states from overseas or prompt them to hold off on other dec






us house will delay break if senate passes health bill: house speaker


u.s. house speaker paul ryan on thursday said he would delay his chamber’s august break in order to push forward final healthcare overhaul legislation if the senate succeeds in passing their version before the scheduled summer recess.senate leader mitch mcconnell has already said he plans to delay senators typical month-long recess by two weeks in order to try and pass a bill, and on thursday released senate republican leadership’s latest proposal to unwind obamacare.(reporting by patricia zengerle; writing by susan heavey)






lawmakers return to capitol after voting to raise taxes


springfield, ill. — illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the house sunday to increase income taxes by 32 percent.attention turns to the senate monday as the budget measures the house endorsed move to that chamber for approval. the tax legislation increases the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to just under 5 percent. corporations would pay 7 percent instead of 5.25 percent.republican gov. bruce rauner already promised to veto it.also moving to the senate is a $36 billion spending plan the house ok'd sunday. it's about $1 billion less than the spending outline the senate passed in may.the house turns its attention to other matters such as a senate plan to borrow billions of dollars to pay down overdue bills.






goodbye, u.s. senate - la times


when the republicans “went nuclear” on thursday and changed the rules of the u.s. senate to eliminate the filibuster for supreme court nominations, congress started down a path to destroy what makes that body special. the republicans’ win-at-all-costs strategy will almost certainly lead next to the end of the filibuster for legislation, not just nominations, which would fundamentally change the culture of the senate and be a tragic loss for our democracy.in the senate, unlike in the house, every vote matters, precisely because of the possibility of a filibuster, which, under the senate rules, allows a minority of senators to block a vote. that is why moderates on both sides of the aisle are often able to exert a strong, and largely positive, influence on that body. it is why we see (albeit






gop pushes late-term abortion ban toward house passage


washington — many late-term abortions would be outlawed under legislation republicans pushed toward house passage tuesday, a bill that won't reach an eager president donald trump because it faces certain defeat in the senate.the measure is a top priority for anti-abortion groups. house debate came a week after the collapse of a gop effort to repeal much of president barack obama's health care law that would have also blocked federal money for planned parenthood.white house officials sent lawmakers a letter saying the measure "would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires." that praise was in contrast to the certain veto similar bills faced under obama.obama never had to act. the democratic-controlled senate didn't even consider the bill after the house approved i






lawmakers return to capitol after voting to raise taxes


springfield, ill. (ap) — illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the house sunday to increase income taxes by 32 percent.attention turns to the senate monday as the budget measures the house endorsed move to that chamber for approval. the tax legislation increases the personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to just under 5 percent. corporations would pay 7 percent instead of 5.25 percent.republican gov. bruce rauner already promised to veto it.also moving to the senate is a $36 billion spending plan the house ok’d sunday. it’s about $1 billion less than the spending outline the senate passed in may.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.the house turns its attention to other matters such as a senate plan to borrow billions of dollars to pay down over






ten senate republicans who will decide trumpcare’s fate


as democrats demand more transparency, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and allies are scrambling to piece together a health care bill that can garner 50 votes in the senate. after the house narrowly passed an obamacare repeal bill, senate republicans have been meeting behind closed doors to draft a new bill that will appeal to lawmakers…






illinois house set to face budget override votes


springfield, ill. — a package of legislation aimed at ending a two-year illinois budget standoff is back to the house.the house convenes wednesday to face action to override republican gov. bruce rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget fueled by a $5 billion increase in income taxes.the legislation bounced several times tuesday. the senate approved the budget plan and tax increase with a necessary three-fifths majority vote, but rauner vetoed them three hours later.the senate then wasted no time in overriding the vetoes and sending them back to the house for consideration.democratic house speaker michael madigan of chicago announced after the senate action there wouldn't be a house vote but didn't say why.but the house quorum call was answered by only 54 of its 118 members.






paul ryan says "i would not bet against mitch mcconnell" on health care bill


speaker paul ryan said tuesday that the house is waiting to see what the senate produces on the health care bill to repeal and replace obamacare. "we just don't know what the final bill is going to look like so all of our members are just waiting and seeing what the senate does," the wisconsin republican told reporters during a press conference when asked if he's taking the temperature of his members on the senate bill. "our members are just waiting to see in a constructive way what the senate can produce and then we'll make a decision after they do that." ryan expressed confidence that senate republicans will eventually get a health care measure through the upper chamber. playvideocbsnsenate health care bill in jeopardy? the senate health care bill is facing more opposition after the cong






highlights of senate, house gop bills to overhaul tax code


republicans early saturday rammed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul through the senate, a sweeping revamp of the nation's tax code. the house passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects. the gop will work quickly to iron out the differences with the goal of delivering final legislation to president donald trump by christmas.a comparison of the two republican-written measures:— personal income tax rates: senate bill retains the current number of brackets, seven, but changes them to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 38.5 percent. under current law, the top bracket for wealthiest earners is 39.6 percent. the house measure condenses seven brackets to four: 12, 25, 35 and 39.6 percent. under the senate bill, the reductions in personal income tax rates are tempor






the latest: senate at bat in dealing with health care law


washington — the latest on health care legislation (all times local):4:30 p.m.now it's the senate's turn to tackle health care legislation.and while senate republicans are already saying their bill will be different from the house's, the process will probably be just as tense and complicated. a lot of the drama is likely to play out behind closed doors.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has named 12 gop senators to a group tasked with piecing together a bill that can pass the senate. the kentucky republican has included himself in the mixture of committee chairmen, conservatives and party leaders.senate democrats are expected to solidly oppose the gop effort to repeal president barack obama's health care law.no one knows when the senate will produce a bill, though some think senators m






russia sanctions bill stalls in house as trump prepares for first putin meeting


a bill pending in congress that would expand u.s. sanctions against russia and require congressional approval for any lifting, suspension or termination of current sanctions by the trump administration is being held up in the house. the senate originally passed the legislation, which would also impose sanctions targeting iran's ballistic missile program, in an overwhelming 98-2 vote in mid-june. the house, however, said that the measure violated a "blue slip" rule that says that bills that raise revenue for the government can only originate in the house. playvideocbsnpresident trump on russian election meddling president trump made some remarks about russian meddling in the 2016 election while speaking in poland today. mr. trump will meet russian preside... in response, negotiations reopen






senators advised house vote on healthcare unlikely before monday: aide


u.s. senators have been informed by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell that a vote on a republican repeal and replacement of obamacare might not be held in the house of representatives before monday, according to a senior senate aide.the house had hoped to vote on thursday on the controversial measure, but has lacked the votes for passage.meanwhile, another aide said house leaders might still try to schedule a house floor vote very early friday. house republicans are scheduled to meet in a closed-door meeting at 7 p.m. (2300 gmt) to assess the situation, according to an aide.(reporting by richard cowan; editing by bill rigby)






unbelievable: senate republicans planning even deeper cuts to medicaid than hous


in the all-out quest for ways to strip health coverage from millions of people in order to deliver a huge tax cut to the richest americans, senaterepublicans have been regarded as more moderate than their house colleagues. but a proposal leaked from the senate gop’s closed-door drafting sessions on an obamacare repeal bill may put that notion to rest: the senate is contemplating a change in medicaid that would cut it even more than the $830-billion proposed by the house.that news comes from the hill, which reported monday that the senate is contemplating imposing a lower inflation growth rate on medicaid, which would be capped in both proposals. the senate’s idea is to allow medicaid to grow at the rate of the overall consumer price index (specifically, the cpi for all urban consumers, the






russia sanctions bill stalls in house as trump prepares for first putin meeting


a bill pending in congress that would expand u.s. sanctions against russia and require congressional approval for any lifting, suspension or termination of current sanctions by the trump administration is being held up in the house. the senate originally passed the legislation, which would also impose sanctions targeting iran's ballistic missile program, in an overwhelming 98-2 vote in mid-june. the house, however, said that the measure violated a "blue slip" rule that says that bills that raise revenue for the government can only originate in the house. playvideocbsnpresident trump on russian election meddling president trump made some remarks about russian meddling in the 2016 election while speaking in poland today. mr. trump will meet russian preside... in response, negotiations reopen






gop health care bill passed by house faces steep climb in senate


washington – house republicans journeyed to the white house thursday for a health care victory lap, but senate republicans were in no mood for celebration.instead, they sent an unmistakable message: when it comes to health care, we’re going to do our own thing.“i think there will be essentially a senate bill,” said sen. roy blunt, r-mo., the fourth-ranking senate republican.now that the house has passed legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system, it is headed to the senate, where republican leaders will wrestle with challenges complicating its chances.republican senators are signaling that their strategy will be rooted in crafting their own replacement for the affordable care act. it remains to be seen how closely that measure will resemble the one that passed the house on thu






health care bill passed by house faces a steep climb in senate


washington – house republicans journeyed to the white house thursday for a health care victory lap, but senate republicans were in no mood for celebration.instead, they sent an unmistakable message: when it comes to health care, we’re going to do our own thing.“i think there will be essentially a senate bill,” said sen. roy blunt, r-mo., the fourth-ranking senate republican.now that the house has passed legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system, it is headed to the senate, where republican leaders will wrestle with challenges complicating its chances.republican senators are signaling that their strategy will be rooted in crafting their own replacement for the affordable care act. it remains to be seen how closely that measure will resemble the one that passed the house on thu






can democrats claw their way back to power in the house? they're counting on tru


looking at the numbers, democrats seem to have a better chance seizing control of the senate in 2018 than winning a majority and clawing their way back to power in the house.republicans hold a mere 52-48 senate majority while outnumbering democrats in the house by 44 seats, with five vacancies.but elections are not about mathematics, or determined by probability.






house oks ‘huge’ campaign finance reform bill


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.after six years of trying to require “dark money” organizations and other independent-expenditure groups to report their political backers, supporters of campaign-finance reform got their bill through the state house of representatives on monday night.the house on monday passed senate bill 96, sponsored by senate majority leader peter wirth, d-santa fe, and rep. jim smith, d-sandia park. the bipartisan vote was 41 to 24. six republicans joined with the 35 democrats to vote for the bill.the senate had already passed the bill, but it will have to go back there for consideration of house amendments. if the senate doesn’t oppose any of the changes, it will go to gov. susana martinez for signature. she has signaled some






5 big changes in the senate tax bill (and what they mean for you)


senaterepublicans unveiled their tax plan thursday, another step forward in president donald trump's bid to do the biggest overhaul of the u.s. tax code since president ronald reagan was in office in the 1980s.the white house has indicated that the senate bill, which is starkly different from the house plan, is the one to watch. earlier this week, trump told a few democrats that they would like the senate bill "a whole lot more." but eventually, the house and senate will have to agree on one bill, a major challenge as republicans try to get legislation to the president's desk by christmas.here are five major ways the senate bill differs from the house plan that came out last week -- and what those changes mean for everyday americans.all state and local tax deductions (salt) are gone. taxpa






in secret obamacare repeal bill, senate republicans plan even harsher cuts to me


in the all-out quest for ways to strip health coverage from millions of people in order to deliver a huge tax cut to the richest americans, senaterepublicans have been regarded as more moderate than their house colleagues. but a proposal leaked from the senate gop’s closed-door drafting sessions on an obamacare repeal bill may put that notion to rest: the senate is contemplating a change in medicaid that would cut it even more than the $830-billion proposed by the house.that news comes from the hill, which reported monday that the senate is contemplating imposing a lower inflation growth rate on medicaid, which would be capped in both proposals. the senate’s idea is to allow medicaid to grow at the rate of the overall consumer price index (specifically, the cpi for all urban consumers, the






as house gop celebrates, health-care bill faces steeper climb in the senate


house republicans journeyed to the white house thursday for a health-care victory lap in the rose garden, but senate republicans were in no mood for celebration.instead, they sent an unmistakable message: when it comes to health-care, we're going to do our own thing."i think there will be essentially a senate bill," explained sen. roy blunt, r-mo., the fourth-ranking senate republican."it's going to be a senate bill, so, we'll look at it," said sen. jeff flake, r-ariz."we will be working to put together a package that reflects our member's priorities with the explicit goal of getting 51 votes," sen. orrin hatch, r-utah, reasoned.now that the house has narrowly passed legislation overhauling the nation's health care system, it is headed to the senate, where republican leaders will wrestle w






trump, senate gop scramble to change tax plan to gain votes


washington — president donald trump and senate republicans scrambled monday to make changes to a republican tax bill in an effort to win over holdout gop senators and pass a tax package by the end of the year.in a morning tweet, the president said, "with just a few changes, some mathematical, the middle class and job producers can get even more in actual dollars and savings."trump and senate leaders are trying to balance competing demands, as some senators fear the package would add to the nation's mounting debt, while others want more generous tax breaks for businesses. in a boost for the legislation, republican sen. rand paul of kentucky said he would back the measure.trump hosted republican members of the senate finance committee at the white house monday.afterward, sen. john cornyn of






could the senate keep roy moore out if he were elected? don't bet on it


roy moore, the republican candidate for the vacant senate seat left by atty. gen. jeff sessions, has been accused of sexual misconduct with several teenagers. so far, he has stridently maintained that he will not withdraw from the race, leading to speculation about whether the senate could refuse to seat him or expel him if he were to win the special election dec. 12.most constitutional law experts agree that under the supreme court decision powell vs. mccormack, the senate can’t refuse to seat moore. there is much more uncertainty, however, over whether he could be expelled after he takes his seat.in 1967, the house excluded new york rep. adam clayton powell jr. at the beginning of the 90th congress because powell had been accused of misappropriating public funds. he challenged the house’






trump executive order could block 500,000 legal u.s. residents from returning to


gage skidmore / creative commonspresident donald trump (p o cc info)when details leaked earlier this week about a spate of immigration-related executive orders from president donald trump, much public discussion focused on a 30-day ban on new visas for citizens from seven “terror-prone” countries.but the order signed this afternoon by trump is actually more severe, increasing the ban to 90 days. and its effects could extend well beyond preventing newcomers from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan and yemen, from entering the u.s., lawyers consulted by propublica said.it’s also expected to have substantial effects on hundreds of thousands of people from these countries who already live in the u.s. under green cards or on temporary student or employee visas.since the order’s travel ban applies