Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a $1.3 trillion government spending bill dropped protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants and gave President Donald Trump only a partial victory on funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall as talks entered the final stage on March 21.
A meeting of top congressional leaders produced tentative accords on two tax provisions and a decision to strengthen the criminal background check system for gun purchases. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said an official agreement on the sweeping measure would likely come “very soon.”
Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Nov. 28 as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness.
But its fate remained uncertain, and a planned White House summit aimed at averting a government shutdown was derailed when President Donald Trump savaged top Democrats and declared on Twitter, “I don’t see a deal!”
Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are zeroing in on a tax outline that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government’s $20 trillion debt over 10 years, justifying the spurt of red ink with promises of surging economic growth and a burst of new revenues.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a member of the chamber’s dwindling band of deficit hawks, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., one of the chamber’s more ardent believers that tax cuts can pay for themselves, said they sealed an agreement on Sept. 19.
Posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 12:36 pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared May 2 the U.S. government “needs a good shutdown” this fall to fix a “mess” in the Senate, signaling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats.