President Trump’s tax reform agenda is in trouble. That’s not news, but one proposal that his team has floated as a way, ostensibly, to cut taxes on the middle class is. According to the Associated Press, they’re toying with the idea of eliminating the payroll tax, which funds Social Security and part of Medicare, or cutting it drastically.
After intense days of pressure from constituents and House leaders, all 14 California House Republicans joined their colleagues Thursday to vote for a GOP rollback of the Affordable Care Act. The American Health Care Act, which government estimates have said could lead to 24 million fewer Americans with health insurance and could substantially affect both those on Medicaid and those with employer-provided insurance, passed the House 217 to 213. It will now move on to the Senate, where it is expected to face multiple stumbling blocks.
Senate Republicans have introduced a draft of their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Details on the differences between the House and Senate versions have been included where possible.
The Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the unions that represent millions of teachers and other public employees, announcing Thursday it will consider striking down the mandatory fees that support collective bargaining. The justices will hear the case of Mark Janus, an Illinois state employee who objects to paying fees to the union, which represents 35,000 state workers.
The Trump administration is poised Tuesday to unveil a sweeping rewrite
of emissions rules for power plants that would be a boon to the coal
industry, laying the groundwork for a revival of the most polluting
facilities and abandoning Obama-era mandates for reorienting the
electricity sector toward clean energy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing a hotly contested bid
for a fourth term, tweeted on the eve of the election that the Trump
administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a
foreign terrorist organization at his request.
more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and
National Institutes of Health have partnered to fund a unique nationwide
program studying environmental impacts on children’s health. No
more. The Trump administration is zeroing out the EPA contribution to
the program, forcing many of the 13 university-based research centers to
curtail their multiyear projects and leaving the NIH to scramble for a
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite
a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations
that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker