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House passes more tax reforms

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/28/18, 02:05 pm

House Republicans on Friday passed a tax bill that adds to the reforms instituted at the beginning of this year. The bill would make permanent the corporate tax cut that took effect Jan. 1 and create incentives for saving and small-business startups. The 220-191 vote was mostly along party lines, but several Republican House members who face tough reelection fights voted against the measure. The bill raises concern over increasing the deficit with new tax cuts without corresponding new revenue sources, and its success is not assured in the Senate.

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Showdown in the Senate

Senate | Vote for Supreme Court nominee looms after excruciating day of testimony
by Jamie Dean
Posted 9/28/18, 10:13 am

(Update: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday afternoon voted along party lines to approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted for the nomination but called for an FBI investigation of the accusations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination.

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Congress funds government but not border wall

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/27/18, 10:50 am

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill Wednesday that would avert a government shutdown, at least until after November’s midterm elections. The appropriations bill, passed by a vote of 361-61, keeps the government operating through Dec. 7. The Senate previously passed the bill, which provides funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Defense. It includes a nearly $3 billion increase in funds to fight the opioid epidemic and a $20 billion boost for the Pentagon.

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