CALENDAR: The Senate will return on Monday, September 11. The House has canceled its planned votes for Monday because of Hurricane Irma, and won’t vote again until Tuesday. The House will stay in session through Thursday, and the Senate will stay in session through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned…

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By Jenny Beth Martin There is a conservative majority that voted to put Republicans in power. When the act of voting is divorced from the conduct of governing, voters begin to ask, what is the point of voting? These conservative voters gave Republicans control of a unified government – at least in name…but the policies…

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With Congress returning to Washington next week after a month off, reports indicate that certain members of the Trump Administration want to raise the debt ceiling without passing critically necessary spending reforms or including items vital to our national security.  In fact, reports indicate the outlines of a deal already in the works: a $2 trillion increase…

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CALENDAR: The House and Senate have both left for their August recess, and will not return until Tuesday, September 5. DEBT CEILING: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has advised Congress that he will reach the limit of his ability to use what he calls “extraordinary measures” – what regular people call “smoke and mirrors” – to…

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CALENDAR: The House and Senate have both left for their August recess, and will not return until Tuesday, September 5. APPOINTMENTS/CONFIRMATIONS: Now that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has moved over from his position as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, that creates a vacancy in that office. For the first few…

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CALENDAR: The House and Senate have both left for their August recess, and will not return until Tuesday, September 5. LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: The Senate returned on Monday and voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kevin Newsom of Alabama to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit. The…

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President Donald J. Trump working alongside Congress has reversed burdensome President Obama-era regulations – an action one organization projects will save taxpayers more than $60 billion. The Washington Free Beacon has the story: The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have…

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Congressman-turned-Budget-Director Mick Mulvaney is confident his proposed changes to entitlement programs – e.g., social security and Medicare – will help the president achieve his campaign goal of cutting spending and reducing the national debt. The Washington Examiner has the details: “As soon as the 2018 spending budget is done at the end of next week.…

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Young America’s Foundation, a conservative nonprofit dedicated to educating young people about American civic engagement, says its Youth Misery Index – calculated using youth-unemployment, student-loan and national-debt-per-capita numbers – increased 36 percent during President Obama’s tenure. Young America’s Foundation has the full report: Young Americans, a generation that provided critical support to the President in…

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