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Trump aims to achieve congressional balancing act on taxes
President Donald Trump says he wants to lure Democratic lawmakers to sign on to a GOP-crafted tax overhaul, but negotiators must deal with the reality that any handouts to Democrats quickly could turn into turnoffs for the GOP.
Doubts arise on whether corporate tax cut would boost growth
For President Donald Trump, what's good for General Motors is great for American workers. Same for Boeing. And AT&T. Not to mention small businesses. Trump insists that slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to as low as 15 percent would free up valuable cash. Companies would use the money
GOP lawmakers push balanced budget mandate in Constitution
Republican lawmakers from 19 states are trying to develop a plan in Arizona this week for carrying out a growing, but unlikely, national effort to amend the Constitution to require a balanced U.S. budget
American household income finally topped 1999 peak last year
American household income finally topped 1999 peak last year after two strong years of gains
Food stamps a casualty of Trump's proposed budget
The budget released by the White House today contains proposed changes for the program that provides access to food for Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford it. And anti-hunger advocates aren't pleased. Lucy Melcher, associate director for advocacy with the anti-hunger group No Kid
Under 'Trumpcare,' women battling metastatic cancer worry they'll be seen as 'lost cause'
Amanda Petersen wants people to know that having metastatic breast cancer doesn't define her. The 40-year-old West Virginia native is also a wife, a stepmother, a proud aunt and an advocate who works to support other people with terminal cancer. Part of the freedom to define herself, she said, has
$99,999 Payout to Homeless Woman Highlights Social Security's Struggles
Wanda Witter, 80, who up until last week was homeless and living on D.C.'s streets, has received $99,999 in Social Security retirement benefits, but she could be just one of many people owed cash due to a "tangled mess" at the Social Security Administration, according to the social worker who
Ruth Riley helps break down myths, misconceptions about food stamps
Late last month, as Ruth Riley was preparing to testify before the U.S. Congress about her experience as a child whose family was in the food stamp program, she went to talk to her mother, Sharon. "It was the first time I think I really understood the circumstances around my childhood from a more
Try-Day Friday: Taking on the Food Stamp Challenge
Five days in to my food stamp challenge, I was seriously hangry. To be clear, I wasn’t hungry -- I’d consumed enough calories and nutrition to fill me. But I had just finished my fifth night in a row of meatloaf, roast potatoes and frozen green beans and I had to literally choke it down. I was full
Long-Term Jobless Benefits Clear Hurdle in Senate With GOP Help
Overcoming GOP opposition, the Senate today cleared the way for a vote on extending long-term unemployment benefits for three months, but still must wrestle over a way to fund the measure. Democrats and Republicans will now negotiate over a final bill and what amendments to...