• Conservatives Warn Trump Not to Revive Earmarks If He Wants to Drain the Swamp

    Conservatives Warn Trump Not to Revive Earmarks If He Wants to Drain the Swamp

    Some conservatives are sounding the alarm over reinstating earmarks in Congress, as President Donald Trump voiced support Tuesday for reviving a budgetary practice that critics say feeds cronyism and corruption in government.

    “I hear so much about earmarks and how there was a great friendliness [among lawmakers] when you had earmarks,” Trump said Tuesday in a bipartisan meeting on immigration with House and Senate members.

    “Of course, they had other problems, but maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks,” the president said. READ MORE...

  • Trump Backs Bill to Require Online Merchants Collect Sales Tax, Lawmaker Says

    Trump Backs Bill to Require Online Merchants Collect Sales Tax, Lawmaker Says

    A South Dakota lawmaker says President Donald Trump has promised that her bill requiring online merchants to collect sales taxes will be signed into law in 2018.

    “They all committed to me that we were going to get my bill passed in ’18 here,” Noem said, according to The Rapid City Journal, referring to the president and members of his administration. “I told them that I would remind them of that daily.”

    Noem’s bill would allow all states to tax retailers that don’t have a physical presence in their state, Adam Michel, a tax-policy expert at The Heritage Foundation told The Daily Signal in an email Monday. READ MORE...

  • Unions Gave More Than $1.1 Billion to Democrats, Liberal Groups

    Unions Gave More Than $1.1 Billion to Democrats, Liberal Groups

    From 2010 to 2016 alone, unions sent more than $1.1 billion in member dues to anti-Republican advocacy groups, a nonprofit union transparency organization says.

    “For decades, union officials have betrayed working Americans by spending their dues dollars to advance a left-wing political agenda—without prior approval,” Luka Ladan, communications director for the Center for Union Facts, said in a statement.

    “Big Labor is now the ATM of the Democratic Party, whether employees agree or not. The Employee Rights Act would hold union officials accountable to their members, not Democratic elites.” READ MORE...

  • Conservative Lawmaker Demands Answers to These 18 Questions About Russia, FBI

    Conservative Lawmaker Demands Answers to These 18 Questions About Russia, FBI

    One member of Congress says “the American people deserve answers” to 18 questions he has regarding Russia and the FBI.

    “We’d like for the FBI and the [Justice Department] to turn over the documents that Chairman [Devin] Nunes has requested, give the documents to Congress that we requested, that’s first and foremost,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Wednesday, referring to the California Republican who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. READ MORE...

  • Companies Announce Bonuses, Raises Following Tax Reform Legislation Passage

    Companies Announce Bonuses, Raises Following Tax Reform Legislation Passage

    Multiple businesses are announcing bonuses and benefits for their employees due to Congress’ passage of Republicans’ tax reform bill.

    AT&T has announced that it would give a special $1,000 bonus to over 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees and will invest $1 billion in the economy, and Boeing announced a $300 million investment.

    “On behalf of all of our stakeholders, we applaud and thank Congress and the administration for their leadership in seizing this opportunity to unleash economic energy in the United States,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “It’s the single-most important thing we can do to drive innovation, support quality jobs, and accelerate capital investment in our country.” READ MORE...

  • Taxpayers Could See Benefits from GOP Tax Bill As Early As February

    Taxpayers Could See Benefits from GOP Tax Bill As Early As February

    Taxpayers could see the benefits from Republicans’ tax reform as early as February, one tax expert says.

    “Certainly early next year, February probably, businesses will start deducting less from employees’ paychecks, and so there you will see a benefit, you will have higher take-home income when your employer is sending less of your money to Washington,”  Adam Michel, policy analyst for economic studies at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

    In a final 224-201 Wednesday vote, the House sent the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. READ MORE...

  • GOP Lawmakers Target Another Obamacare Mandate in States

    GOP Lawmakers Target Another Obamacare Mandate in States

    Republicans in Congress are working to chip away at programs mandated under Obamacare following their inability to repeal the health care law.

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced a bill Tuesday to end what they called Obamacare’s “failing” plans that competed with private health insurers in the states.

    “Multistate plans were a poorly conceived provision of an even more poorly conceived bill, Obamacare, and repealing these plans would be a good step toward getting our health care system back on track,” Meadows said in a written statement. READ MORE...

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