Pace of confirmations gives McConnell chance to bask in wins
The pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has quickly become a source of pride for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans
Breaking down the fiscal 2018 budget passed by Senate
By a vote of 51-49, Senate Republicans passed a fiscal 2018 budget right along party lines, with every single Democrat voting against the budget framework, and all Republicans, save for one, voting for it. The fiscal 2018 budget passed late-Thursday night is not a legally binding document, but it
Senate Republicans pass budget that will add $1.5 trillion to deficit, slash Medicare and Medicaid
Senate Republicans passed a budget late Thursday night, setting the stage for the GOP 's ultimate goal of tackling tax reform later this year. The measure is estimated to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, and contains about $4 trillion in spending cuts. “We have a once in a
Trump: NFL owners are 'afraid of their players'
President Donald Trump suggested this morning that National Football League team owners are "afraid of their players" when it comes to players protesting by kneeling during the national anthem, sparking criticism that the comments amounted to a racial dog whistle. "I have so many friends that are
The Note: Why is Trump eating his own in the Republican Party?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY President Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning before heading to Camp David with first lady Melania Trump . DACA in danger? The Obama-era immigration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, might be on the chopping block. Sources tell
What you need to know about the government shutdown showdown
President Donald Trump 's threat Tuesday to force a government shutdown over the battle to pay for his promised southern border wall raised concerns on Capitol Hill among legislators who fear that the fight for funds could turn into a hostage situation. It's been four years since the last federal
Debt limit may be biggest test for House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership
While lawmakers enjoy a five-week summer recess, House Speaker Paul Ryan is preparing to face perhaps his speakership’s toughest challenge to date: increasing the country’s debt limit. Once members return to the Capitol after Labor Day , there are just 12 working days for Congress to raise the debt
Senate GOP hears, but doesn't plan to take, Trump's advice on health care
Senate Republicans responded to the legislative advice given by the White House over the weekend with the particular brand of disdain reserved for people who try to tell senators what to do. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made it clear that his colleagues would not be heeding the words of Office of
Trump rails against Senate rules in wake of health care defeat
President Trump took to Twitter to bash U.S. Senate rules in the wake of the GOP Senate leadership's failure to pass any of the bills put forward to end Obamacare . Trump in a series of tweets Saturday morning slammed the rule requiring 60 votes on some measures, saying the Senate "must get rid of
What is a recess appointment and is it a feasible option for Trump if Sessions goes?
Even though Jeff Sessions has indicated he has no intention of leaving his post, President Donald Trump ’s continued public criticism of his attorney general has raised speculation about whether the president might seek to use his recess appointment authority to replace Sessions without Senate