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RNC Makes a Big Bet on 2018

GOP is dropping $250M on strategy to hold House majority at all costs

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all: Preserve the House majority for the rest of President Trump's first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave, the White House's political arm is devoting unprecedented resources to... More »

Big Ryan Question: Will He Have to Step Down Early?

Some in GOP don't want a lame-duck speaker ahead of the midterms

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's surprise decision to announce his retirement from Congress before the midterms now raises one big question: Will Republicans allow him to remain as House speaker through the end of his term or try to get a new leader in place as quickly as possible? Politico , for instance,... More »

GOP Congressman Abruptly Quits

Blake Farenthold of Texas wasn't running for re-election anyway after harassment allegations

(Newser) - A Texas congressman beset by a slew of sexual harassment issues is leaving office sooner than expected. Republican Blake Farenthold, who previously decided not to seek re-election, has abruptly resigned—as of 5pm Friday, reports USA Today . “While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in... More »

Republicans Probing Alleged DOJ, FBI Corruption: Report

Group has met secretly for weeks to build case: Politico

(Newser) - President Trump has called the investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia a "witch hunt." This week, Donald Trump Jr. suggested they were part of a "rigged system" of "people at the highest levels of government" working to hurt the president. Some House Republicans apparently... More »

A Dozen Republicans Voted Against Tax Plan

Lawmakers from high-tax states join Democrats in opposition

(Newser) - When House Republicans vote on their tax plan for a second time Wednesday, it's likely that 12 of their own lawmakers will be joining Democrats in voting no. The House passed the measure 227-203 on Tuesday, but some parliamentary logistics mean they'll have to do it again on... More »

House Republicans Nearing Agreement to Pass Tax Package

But they're still working out how to pay for new tax breaks

(Newser) - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Negotiators were working to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals... More »

Key Differences Between House, Senate Tax Bills

2 chambers will have to craft a compromise

(Newser) - The Senate passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul early Saturday after some late changes were made to the bill. The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects, and the two chambers will have to craft a compromise to... More »

Rep. Barton Threatened to Call Police on Former Lover

He says he may be victim of 'revenge porn'

(Newser) - Rep. Joe Barton threatened to call the police on a former lover who contacted other women he was in relationships with and sent them explicit materials he had shared with her, according to a recording provided to the Washington Post . In the 2015 phone call, the Texas Republican tells the... More »

After Much Bickering, House Tax Panel Amends GOP Plan

Panel votes on party lines for amendments

(Newser) - After a day of partisan bickering over whether the Republicans' sweeping tax plan would truly help the middle class, a key House panel on Monday approved late changes. Lawmakers restored the tax exemption for employees receiving child care benefits from their companies, but also put new requirements on a tax... More »

House GOP Won't Cut Taxes for Wealthiest Earners

But corporate tax rate will be slashed from 39% to 20%

(Newser) - Furiously working to finish a tax bill, House Republicans have decided to keep the income tax rate for the wealthiest earners in the face of Democratic criticism that the overhaul pushed by President Trump would benefit the rich. The GOP blew past its self-imposed deadline for public release, with the... More »

Close House Vote May Not Bode Well for Tax Overhaul

Budget measure passes, but lawmakers from 'high-tax' states nearly derail it

(Newser) - The House has narrowly passed a $4 trillion budget that clears a key hurdle toward President Trump's goal of cutting taxes, per the AP . The 216-212 vote allows Republicans to begin work on a $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics... More »

GOP Lawmaker Takes Step Toward Killing Mueller Probe

Rep. Ron DeSantis suggests investigation is a 'fishing expedition'

(Newser) - A Florida Republican is looking to halt funding for Robert Mueller's special investigation into ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia and bar review of all matters before Trump's campaign kicked off. The amendment put forth by Rep. Ron DeSantis would block Mueller from investigating "... More »

House Budget Plan Sets Stage for High-Risk GOP Fight

If they can't pass it, Republicans' tax reform might be doomed

(Newser) - House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint that elicited criticism from conservatives and moderates. The GOP plan, authored by Budget Chairman Diane Black, R-Tenn., is critical to... More »

Republicans Have 20 New Reasons to Worry About 2018

Or 46. Or 58. Or 7.

(Newser) - As Republicans voted to replace ObamaCare Thursday, Democrats were heard singing the sports-anthem taunt, "Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye." A new report from political forecaster the Cook Political Report shows why: In the aftermath of the vote, Cook downgraded Republican chances in 20 congressional races in 2018. The scary... More »

Trump Won't Get One Vote He Wanted by 100-Day Mark

House leaders won't call ObamaCare repeal vote until next week at earliest

(Newser) - The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of ObamaCare until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday—President Trump's 100th day in office. "... More »

Rep. Joe Wilson Faces Chants of 'You Lie'

Republican was jeered at town-hall meeting

(Newser) - Rep. Joe Wilson, the congressman notorious for yelling "You lie" at former President Obama as he addressed Congress in 2009, had his words used against him by constituents in his South Carolina district Monday. Wilson, the latest Republican to face a hostile reception at a town-hall meeting, drew boos... More »

On ObamaCare Repeal, Trump 'Played Chicken, Then Blinked'

He failed in first confrontation with lawmakers

(Newser) - It was a stinging defeat by any measure: The ObamaCare "repeal and replace" bill that President Trump championed was declared DOA Friday after a House vote was canceled at the last minute . Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had been unable to persuade enough House Republicans to change their... More »

After Trump Ultimatum, It's Showdown Time

House to vote on AHCA Friday

(Newser) - Friday promises to be a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, with a House vote that could mark the beginning of the end for ObamaCare—or for President Trump's relationship with congressional Republicans. After a vote was called off Thursday, the president issued an ultimatum to GOP lawmakers in a... More »

Trump to House GOP: Pass Bill Friday or ObamaCare Stays

He delivers ultimatum ahead of key vote

(Newser) - "Leverage: don't make deals without it," President Trump wrote in The Art of the Deal—and he has now reminded House Republicans how much leverage he has in the fight over ObamaCare repeal. After the setback of a canceled vote on a replacement bill Thursday, Trump issued... More »

GOP Struggling to Find Votes for ObamaCare Repeal

Freedom Caucus could kill off bill

(Newser) - With a vote due Thursday on the GOP's replacement for ObamaCare, the conservative House Freedom Caucus is threatening to become the legislation's death panel. The hard-liners say revisions to the repeal-and-replace bill unveiled on Monday don't go anywhere near far enough on the repeal side and are... More »

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