Congress is set to vote today on a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through May 5. Passage would avert a shutdown on Saturday and buy more time for negotiators to hammer out a longer-term spending bill.
House Republicans introduced a one-week spending bill that would fund the government through May 5 and avoid a government shutdown on April 29. The move would buy more time for lawmakers to wrap up negotiations on a government funding bill expected to last through the remainder of fiscal year 2017, which ends on Sept. 30.
President Donald Trump today is scheduled to outline the pillars of his plan to rewrite the U.S. tax code, with provisions such as lowering the rate for pass-through businesses to 15 percent from 39.6 percent and cutting the corporate rate. He’s not expected to endorse the border adjustment tax sought by House GOP leaders, but he plans to include a tax break for child-care expenses, viewed as a possible sweetener for Democrats.
President Donald Trump said he would be willing to back down from his demand that funding for a border wall be included in a government spending bill expected later this week. Removing that demand would increase the odds of passing legislation before Friday night’s deadline and avoid a government shutdown on April 29.
As Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund the federal government beyond April 28, the White House is pressuring lawmakers to include funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Congress has until midnight on April 28 to pass a spending bill that would keep the government open. While many lawmakers are hoping the funding measure will extend through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, there is also talk of passing a short-term extension in order to buy more time to negotiate a deal that extends through September.
Americans are lukewarm on the performance of congressional Democrats and Republicans, according to a new poll that asked voters to grade lawmakers on the first 100 days of the 115th Congress.
President Donald Trump has walked back his previous positions on the Export-Import Bank and whether to label China a currency manipulator. His supporters say that while they share his previous views, they also back his revised policy positions on those topics, according to a new poll.
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will compete in a June runoff after emerging from an 18-candidate race in Georgia for the House seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. After no candidate secured the 50 percent needed for outright victory, President Donald Trump declared the impending runoff a win for Republicans.
Voters in Georgia head to the polls today in a special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R), who’s now serving as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. If one candidate doesn’t capture more than 50 percent of the vote, a June run-off will be scheduled.