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Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts Before Election Day
But with both chambers gone, it’s a guessing game as to what the president was talking about

President Donald Trump says his administration is working on “a very major tax cut for middle-income people.” (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration was working with House Republicans on new tax cuts ahead of Election Day.

Trump said his administration was “looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people.”

Trump and Biden Fire Up the Bases as Nevada Starts Early Voting
Biden makes his case for a Democratic Congress as Trump pushes GOP ticket

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Nevada Democrats’ early vote rally Saturday at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — The start of early voting in Nevada always brings out the stars, and 2018 was no exception.

President Donald Trump concluded a western swing Saturday morning with a rally in the remote city of Elko just after former Vice President Joe Biden fired up Democrats here in Las Vegas in the crucial Senate race.

Heller, Rosen Spar Over Trump in Nevada Senate Debate
Silver State race offers Democrats rare pickup opportunity this cycle

Supporters of Nevada Democratic Senate nominee Jacky Rosen wave signs outside KLASA-TV before the debate between Rosen and Republican Sen. Dean Heller. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — Democrats running for Senate this year have walked a tightrope when it comes to President Donald Trump, but not in closely divided Nevada. Here, their Senate nominee, Rep. Jacky Rosen, more forcefully called for a check on the president Friday night, accusing Republican incumbent Dean Heller of being a “rubber stamp.”

“We need to put a check and balance on this president, something you’re not willing to do, senator,” Rosen said looking directly at Heller in their first and only debate of the campaign, hosted by KLSA-TV.

Scalise Condemns Angry Mob — One Targeting Democrats This Time
Majority whip calls Florida protesters’ actions the “wrong way” to confront Pelosi

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., second from left, here in 2008 during a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hours after dismissing as a joke President Donald Trump’s praise of a Republican congressman who assaulted a reporter, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise came to the defense of a Democratic political foe who, ironically, was confronted by an angry mob

The Louisiana lawmaker has been one of the lead Republicans attacking Democrats as an “angry mob” after several reported incidents of violence or threats against GOP candidates and volunteers.

NRCC Cuts off Coffman in Colorado, Boosts Salazar in Florida
GOP’s prospects of holding Ros-Lehtinen’s seat appear to have improved

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., is facing a tough re-election in Colorado’s 6th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republicans’ campaign arm on Friday cut its reservation in what’s long been one of the most competitive districts in the country and redirected that money, plus some more, to a Florida district that wasn’t expected to be seriously in play several months ago.

The National Republican Campaign Committee cut a $1 million reservation in Colorado’s 6th District, where GOP Rep. Mike Coffman is running for re-election. A perennial Democratic target, Coffman has proved elusive in past cycles. But running against veteran Jason Crow in a favorable national environment for Democrats, he looks to be in trouble this year. Inside Elections With Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Tilts Democratic

Both Parties Seek to Energize Base Voters on Health Issues
As Republicans talk Obamacare repeal, Democrats re-emphasize top issue

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and other Democrats are seizing on comments by Republicans to put health care front and center as the election approaches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are seeking to energize their core supporters by repeating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s remark this week that Republicans hope to revive a push to overhaul the 2010 health care law.

“McConnell gave us a gift,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer told MSNBC on Friday. “That’s a game-changer when he shows who he is and wants to really hurt people on health care.”

Scalise Defends Trump Joking About Gianforte Assaulting a Reporter
Majority whip says Trump was ‘ribbing’ Gianforte, not asking his supporters to engage in violence

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., defended President Donald Trump’s support of a congressman’s assault on a reporter as a joke that does not equate to Democrats’ inciting violence against Trump supporters and Republican candidates. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been on TV, Twitter and writing op-eds criticizing Democrats for inciting violence, but on Friday he defended President Donald Trump’s comments about a congressman’s assault on a reporter as simply a joke.

Last year Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte body slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after the reporter tried to ask him questions about his views on a GOP health care plan. 

Brat to Inmates: ‘You Think You’re Having a Hard Time...’
Opponent Abigail Spanberger calls his remarks ‘an affront’ to those struggling with addictions

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At a listening session with inmates recovering from substance abuse this week, Rep. Dave Brat pivoted the conversation to his own re-election race.

“You think you’re having a hard time — I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me,” the Virginia Republican said. “How do you think I’m feeling? Nothing’s easy. For anybody.”

Budget Overhaul Proposals Likely to Stay in Play After Nov. 30
Joint Committee expected to offer recommendations next month

House Budget Chairman Steve Womack, R-Ark., says that proposals that aren’t accepted by other lawmakers could work their way into future legislation. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The legislative proposals under development by the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform could enjoy a life of their own after the special panel’s work is done later this year.

Members of the 16-member bicameral committee are hoping to agree on a package of proposed changes to improve the budget process by a Nov. 30 deadline, allowing their recommendations to be submitted to Congress for action.

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