Democrats Boast Net Gain of at Least 35 House Seats

ㅤô¿ô …It surprises me that many Americans’ desire for a balance of power has rarely been cited as a factor in midterm results. Trump’s aggressive agenda and Republican control of Congress are certainly reasons to vote for a balance of power.
ㅤBalance of power may explain why independents favored Democrats in the midterms, which the pundits claim is responsible for the flips.

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GOP predicts few defections on tax vote

Pictured: Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.)

ㅤ”Even members of the GOP caucus who often are at odds with leadership were pleased with the bill.
ㅤ’Leadership did a great job on this thing,’ said Rep. Dave Brat, a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. ‘It’s pro-growth, there’s middle-class tax cuts for real.”

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Trump applauds House GOP tax bill: ‘We are just getting started’

ㅤ”I applaud the House Ways and Means Committee for introducing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is another important step toward providing massive tax relief for the American people,’ the President said in a statement shortly after lawmakers announced the specifics of the long-awaited tax bill.
ㅤ’My tax reform priorities have been the same since day one: bringing tax cuts for hardworking, middle-income Americans; eliminating unfair loopholes and deductions; and slashing business taxes so employers can create jobs, raise wages, and dominate their competition around the world,’ the President said.”

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GOP releases details of plan to cut corporate, individual taxes

“For individuals & families…
ㅤ• The new individual income tax rates are 0 percent, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
ㅤ• The standard deduction goes from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married ocuples.
ㅤ• Special-interest deductions that complicate taxes are eliminated so the form can be ‘as simple as a postcard.’
ㅤ• The bill establishes a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600, and gives a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent.
ㅤ• The bill preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit.
ㅤ• The deduction for charitable donations is continued.
ㅤ• The home mortgage deduction is maintained for current mortgages, but is capped for new homes at $500,000.
ㅤ• It allows people to write off state and local property taxes up to $10,000
ㅤ• The bill doesn’t touch 401(k)s or Individual Retirement Accounts.
ㅤ• The Alternative Minimum Tax is repealed.
ㅤ• The exemption for the Estate Tax is doubled and the tax will be repealed in full in six years.”

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Tax reform bill doesn’t include repeal of Obamacare mandate, sources say

ㅤ”The President touted the idea in a tweet on Wednesday, and the concept is still being toyed with in the Senate Republicans’ version of tax reform.”

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Republican Tax Plan Cuts Middle Class and Corporate Taxes, Leaves Retirement Savings Safe

ㅤ”Here are the highlights.”

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House Republicans delay tax reform rollout

Pictured: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady

ㅤ”As late as Tuesday afternoon, as members returned to Washington for votes, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said that he planned to introduce the bill Wednesday. That plan was delayed later Tuesday evening, at least until Thursday, according to several reports.”

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GOP scrambling to finalize tax bill hours before rollout

Pictured: Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.)

ㅤ”The next several hours will be critical, GOP sources say. Should progress be made, Republicans will continue as planned and introduce their bill Wednesday around noon after briefing the entire House Republican conference at 9 a.m. Should they falter, tax reform may have to wait another day.
ㅤ’I would say there is a lot of Red Bull and Monster being drank in there right now,’ said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. ‘The whole Ways and Means crew knew this would be a tough lift — and we’ve not even gotten to the rollout of the actual details yet.”

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Drunk John Boehner Unloads on Conservatives, Lets Slip Private Conversations with George W. Bush About Paul Ryan’s Incapabilities

Pictured: John Boehner

ㅤ”Ex-House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on House conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus and let slip private conversations with former President George W. Bush about his successor, Paul Ryan’s, ineffectiveness as Speaker of the House in a lengthy Politico profile published on Sunday.”

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House GOP tosses conservative playbook in bid for tax reform

Pictured: Rep. Mark Meadows, head of the House Freedom Caucus

ㅤ”We’ve got to get the economy going — it’s all about wages going up — and if I can endure some short-term pain for long-term benefits, I’m willing to do that,’ said Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), head of the chamber’s staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus.”

ㅤô¿ô …Precisely.

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House adopts Senate budget, takes step toward tax reform

ㅤ”Twenty Republicans voted against the budget in the 216-212 vote, more than the 18 who voted against the original House version earlier this month.
ㅤMost of the 20 defectors were centrists hailing from populous states that could stand to lose from eliminating the state and local tax deduction.
ㅤThose lawmakers included Reps. Dan Donovan (N.Y.), John Faso (N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), John Katko (N.Y.), Pete King (N.Y.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.) and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).”

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House Republicans Might Add Millionaire Bracket in Tax Plan

ㅤ”Those who make more than $1 million per year will not receive a tax cut.”

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House GOP opens probe into DOJ’s Clinton investigation


HJC Bob Goodlatte (left) and HO&GRC Trey Gowdy (lower right)

ㅤ”Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status,’ the duo said in a statement. ‘The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness… No entity or individual is exempt from oversight.” — House Judiciary Committee

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House to take up Senate budget on Thursday


Republican Study Committee

ㅤ”The House is expected to vote on the Senate-amended 2018 budget resolution on Thursday, according to a leadership aide, moving ahead the Trump administration’s tax reform efforts.”

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Trump to rally House Republicans around Senate budget

ㅤ”The President will join a rare Sunday afternoon House GOP conference call to rally Republicans behind the budget bill. Its passage would allow Republicans to fast track their tax plan and move it forward without Senate Democratic votes, potentially giving them a legislative accomplishment Republicans desperately want after their fumbling efforts earlier this year to repeal Obamacare.”

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Freedom Caucus will back Senate budget — in exchange for tax promise


ㅤFreedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows

ㅤ”In exchange for their votes, the Freedom Caucus wants a promise that GOP tax writers will hold their first committee markup the following week, with a House floor vote on the tax bill in the second week of November.”

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Ryan: Tax plan will include higher bracket on the rich

ㅤ”The Wisconsin Republican declined Friday to get into the specifics of how it would work, saying lawmakers are still hashing that out, but said Republicans don’t want their plan to be a windfall for the rich.
ㅤ’That’s why we’re introducing the fourth bracket, so that high-income earners do not see a big rate cut and that those resources go to the middle class,’ he said on ‘CBS This Morning.’ ‘Once we get that budget resolution that tells us how our numbers will work, then we’ll introduce the bill which will have that fourth bracket.'”

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House, Senate leaders near budget deal to set up tax reform

ㅤ”The House and Senate need to pass identical budgets in order to allow Republicans to use a fast-tracking procedure that sidesteps the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold for passage. Then Republicans can jam a tax bill through on party lines, which is their current plan.”

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Senate Republicans urge Trump to back bipartisan Obamacare deal


ㅤDemocratic Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Lamar Alexander

ㅤ”‘I told the President that if Graham-Cassidy became law tomorrow, you’ve got two or three years before this thing gets implemented. You’ve got to do something in the interim period,’ Lindsey Graham said in an interview. ‘You can’t save Obamacare but you can keep the markets from collapsing until we get a replacement, which will be Graham-Cassidy.'”

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Ohio’s Tiberi to leave Congress


ㅤRepresentive Pat Tiberi (R)

ㅤ”Tiberi’s 12th District is reliably Republican. He won two-thirds of the vote there in 2016 and President Donald Trump carried the district over Hillary Clinton, 53 percent to 42 percent.”

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Senate GOP Backs $1.6 Billion for 2018 Border Wall

ㅤ”President Donald Trump is demanding that Democrats agree to fund the border wall in exchange for legalization of the 690,000 beneficiaries of former President Barack Obama’s now-eclipsed DACA amnesty.”

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