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Capitol Hill Update: January 22, 2018

The House and Senate are in session this week.

01/22/2018
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Government Shutdown

The federal government shutdown at midnight on Saturday because the Senate was not able to pass a spending deal. Both the House and Senate were in session on Saturday and Sunday. Members from both parties in both chambers spent time blaming each other for the shutdown. House and Senate Democrats also spent a lot of time on the floor blaming President Trump.

01/21/2018
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Earmarks and Pork-Barrel Spending Breed Corruption in Congress

Not long after the 2016 presidential election, House Republicans entertained a rule change proposed by Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) to bring back earmarks. The rule change, which likely would have passed if allowed to proceed, was quashed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who felt that reviving the practice sent the wrong message after a “drain the swamp” election.

01/18/2018
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Capitol Hill Update: January 15, 2018

The House and Senate are in session this week.

01/15/2018
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Capitol Hill Update: January 8, 2018

The House and Senate are in session this week.

01/08/2018
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Here's What's in the Final Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On December 15, the House and Senate negotiators, known as a conference committee, released a conference report for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1. The report outlines the final agreement that will be voted on by the two chambers the week of December 18.

12/18/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: December 18, 2017

The House and Senate are in session this week.

12/17/2017
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: House and Senate Have to Resolve Key Differences

The Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, on December 2. On December 4, the House moved to enter into a conference committee with the Senate to resolve differences with the Senate version. Although there are similarities in the versions of the bill that passed both chambers, there are key differences that have to be addressed, including individual tax rates, the treatment of pass-through businesses, and when the 20 percent corporate tax rate will begin.

12/05/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: December 4, 2017

The Senate and the House are in session this week.

12/04/2017
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Oppose the Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance Act

FreedomWorks strongly opposes the discussion draft entitled “The Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance Act,” which is slated for discussion at a November 29, 2017 joint hearing between the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Terrorism and Illicit Finance subcommittees.

11/28/2017

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