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Trump administration announces ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to overhaul tax code

The White House Wednesday unveiled long-anticipated plans for an overhaul of our tax system that would simplify the tax code and cuts rates for people and businesses. The Washington Times has the story: “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big,” said Gary Cohn, director of the president’s National Economic Council, who presented the plan to reporters at the White House. He said the president was ready to go to the mat to get tax reform enacted... The proposal he outlined would eliminate every tax deduction except those that are most popular among middle-class families — those for home mortgage intere...

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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Primary objective’ in Obamacare-repeal negotiation is to lower insurance premiums

House Freedom Caucus champions Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.); Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) recently sat down with POLITICO to talk about recent negotiations with the Trump administration concerning Obamacare-repeal legislation and what it should look like the second time around. “We were talking about a couple things – making sure that pre-existing conditions continue to stay protected, making sure that health care is affordable but the primary objective has been will be – always will be – is lower insurance premiums. And, if we don’t do that, we will have failed,” says Rep. Meadows. Members of the House Freedom ...

President Trump says illegal immigration ‘down 61 percent since inauguration’

The border wall isn’t even up and already illegal immigration along the southwest border is down by more than 60 percent, President Donald J. Trump said recently. The Washington Times has the details: Mr. Trump took a victory lap over the “record reductions” in illegal crossers, saying he is already saving Americans’ jobs by preventing them from having to compete with unauthorized workers. “Down 61 percent since inauguration. Gen. Kelly is doing a fantastic job,” Mr. Trump told a labor union gathering in Washington, praising Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general. Mr. Kelly is scheduled to ...

Sen. Mike Lee: Judge Gorsuch approaches the law with “fierce independence,” “rigorous opinions”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is calling out partisan Democrats who are threatening gridlock on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Despite the judge’s impeccable legal record and uncontroversial nomination and confirmation to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats have questioned Gorsuch’s independence. Lee set the record straight in an op-ed for the Daily Signal, lauding Gorsuch’s record as a judge who applies the law neutrally and is not swayed by political influence. Sen. Lee wrote: In a former life, I had the good fortune of appearing before Gorsuch as a practicing attorney, so I know from personal ...

Tea Party Patriots: Pres. Trump Executive Order on Energy Independence Another Promise Kept

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement reacting to President Trump signing a new executive order on energy independence.  “President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to roll back harmful regulations imposed by former President Obama. Today's Executive Order, which rolls back so-called ‘green’ energy regulations that kill jobs and harm our economy by raising energy prices, is an essential part of President Trump's promise. The Executive Order also lifts restrictions on American coal and on-shore oil and gas production, helping our nation become more energy independent -- which ...

Gorsuch’s strong performance even wins over mainstream media, Dems

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won over conservatives with his standout record, but his impeccable performance in Senate hearings this week has earned the judge praise from media figures and some Democrats as well. The Washington Free Beacon reported: On CNN, Jeffrey Toobin said it was clear Gorsuch knew more about the law than any of the senators asking him questions, Wolf Blitzer praised him as "very knowledgeable," Patrick Healy said he had a "natural command," and Gloria Borger called him "completely qualified and everybody knows it." Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Gorsuch during the week over his prior rulings and ...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...