Tag Archives: US House of Representatives

Top House Democrats: “Now is not the time” to impeach President Trump

Source: USA Today

“Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that now is not the time to impeach president Trump. House Minority Leader Pelosi of California and Democratic Whip Hoyer of Maryland explained why they voted to table the resolution from Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, that calls for Trump’s impeachment. ‘Congress faces a vast set of urgent, overdue priorities for the American people,’ the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement. ‘Democrats are firmly focused on taking real, effective steps to improve the lives of hard-working Americans and defeating Republicans’ cruel barrage of attacks on the middle class.’ Instead, the Democratic Party should use its energy on protecting American families threatened by the GOP ‘tax scam,’ they said. The House and Senate have both passed tax overhaul plans and are working on hashing out the differences between the two. Still, Pelosi and Hoyer noted that legitimate questions have been raised about Trump’s fitness to lead the United States.” (12/06/17)


Conyers says he’s “retiring today” amid sexual misconduct allegations

Source: The Hill

“Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the House. Conyers, the lower chamber’s current longest-serving member, told a Detroit-area radio station that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat. He said he was ‘retiring today.'” (12/05/17)


US House passes GOP tax bill

Source: CBS News

“House Republicans on Thursday afternoon passed a massive package of corporate and individual tax cuts, holding a final vote on their highly-anticipated tax overhaul plan Thursday afternoon. Lawmakers approved it in a 227-205 vote. The bill would slash the corporate tax rate, cut taxes for individuals and reduce the number of tax brackets. … The Senate will also have to vote on its version, and then the two bills, if they both pass, would be reconciled in conference.” (11/16/17)


US House GOP delays tax bill rollout

Source: Politico

“House Republicans postponed the much-anticipated rollout of their tax reform proposal Tuesday night, an ominous sign for a direly-needed legislative accomplishment for President Donald Trump and his party. House Ways and Means Committee members spent all Tuesday holed up in conference rooms trying to iron out last-minute disagreements. Senior committee staff worked through the night Monday and were expected to do the same on Tuesday to unveil the bill at a GOP conference meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m. But in a move that foreshadows the difficulties awaiting the party of Reagan, GOP leaders and tax-writers postponed their big reveal to buy themselves more time. They now hope to release the bill Thursday, but privately acknowledge they have a number of disagreements to resolve first.” (10/31/17)


TX: Hensarling becomes 11th GOP congresscritter to call it quits in 2018

Source: Dallas Morning News

“U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling won’t run for re-election next year, a decision that continues the reshaping of Republican politics in North Texas. The Dallas lawmaker joins Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, as veteran GOP congressmen who are retiring at the end of 2018. It mirrors a trend across the country. According to CNN, at least 11 Republicans have announced they won’t seek another term, resigned or are running for another office. Hensarling, 60, has represented the 5th Congressional District since he was elected in November 2002.” (10/31/17)


US House narrowly passes budget, paving way for $1.5 trillion tax cut

Source: Washington Post

“House Republicans set the stage Thursday for an intense sprint toward a landmark tax overhaul, overcoming internal dissension and Democratic opposition to move forward with legislation that could cut revenue by up to $1.5 trillion over the coming decade. Budget legislation passed Thursday will allow the GOP to pass its tax plan without Democratic help, but the close 216-to-212 House vote reflected ongoing tensions about the tax push among Republicans — and many expect the qualms to grow once draft legislation is released next week.” (10/26/17)


US House Democrats stun GOP by sinking veterans, intel bills

Source: Politico

“House Democrats sank two key bills on the House floor Monday, embarrassing Republican leaders who were banking on the noncontroversial legislation sailing through — in a new sign of the opposition’s party’s frustration with the majority’s approach. Kicking off a busy week in the House, most Democrats and a handful of Republicans joined forces to deny GOP leaders big-enough majorities to pass an annual intelligence policy bill and legislation to restore funding for a key veterans health care program. Both bills came to the House floor Monday under suspension of the rules, an expedited process that allows for less than an hour of debate and no amendments but also requires a two-thirds majority for passage.” (07/24/17)


House Democrat files article of impeachment against Trump

Source: The Hill

“Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday that accuses the president of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference. This is the first time a lawmaker has offered an impeachment article against Trump, and comes despite concern among Democrats that taking such aggressive action against Trump will create backlash against the party. A majority vote in a House now controlled by Republicans is required to impeach a president. Republicans have a 24-seat advantage.” (07/12/17)


US House bill allocates $1.6 billion for Berlin … er, border … wall

Source: The Hill

“The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a bill allocating $1.6 billion to begin construction of a physical barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, one of President Trump’s central campaign promises. The bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2018 also negates one of Trump’s central promises, that Mexico would pay for the construction of the wall. … Conservative [sic] lawmakers in recent days had begun warning that they would pull their votes from a budget and spending plan that failed to fund the wall.” (07/11/17)


Living on Markwayne logic

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Back in 2012, a more humble Mullin ran for Congress and won pledging to limit his service to three terms, the term-limit Oklahomans had enacted by voter initiative. Last year, Markwayne won that third term. Before his primary victory, he informed the Associated Press that he would keep his promise. But the day after winning, the congressman conspicuously left the door open by telling a radio audience he was praying about what to do. This week, the congressman with two first names released an 11-minute fake news interview. In the video, Congressman Mullin and his wife chatter thoughtfully about his self-serving decision to break his word to stay in power.” (07/07/17)