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CBO: Tax Plan Could Cut Medicare By $25 Billion
OMB would be required to order sequestration 15 days from end of session

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leaves the Capitol after the last votes of the week on October 5, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some members are concerned the GOP tax overhaul would lead to mandatory multi-billion dollar cuts to programs such as Medicare.

There’s not enough mandatory spending up for grabs under current law to execute the full automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to entitlement programs that would be triggered if Republicans push through deficit-increasing tax cuts by year’s end.

Texas Democrats on Pelosi’s Help: Meh
Senate and House hopefuls unite in calls for new party leadership

Support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an afterthought for the Democratic hopefuls in Texas' 23rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to support from their party’s House leader, Texas Democratic hopefuls can take it or leave it.

In Texas’ 23rd District, all four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Will Hurd were at best lukewarm in their enthusiasm for a potential endorsement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — with some suggesting they would not welcome the California Democrat’s help.

GOP Leaders Push Back on Criticism of Tax Bill
Democrats knock substance and process of measure

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., hold a news conference following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican leaders and tax writers are coming under increasing criticism over both the substance and process of their tax overhaul measure, and they are beginning to push back. 

In a somewhat testy GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning, Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended his team’s handling of not just the current legislation, but other measures that will, like the tax bill, come to the floor under a closed rule, thereby limiting members’ opportunities to change it.

House Releases 2018 Schedule, Second Session to Start Jan. 3
Full weeks off in first five months, month off come fall

House 2018 schedule (Courtesy

The House released its schedule for the second session of the 115th Congress Wednesday afternoon.

Leadership expects representatives to reconvene Jan. 3, 2018 after the winter break.

Amid Impeachment Ad Campaign, Trump Attacks Billionaire Steyer
President dubs potential Senate candidate ‘Wacky & totally unhinged’

President Trump lashed out Friday at California billionaire Tom Steyer, who is running a $10 million ad campaign calling for impeachment while he mulls a Senate bid. (Tom Steyer via YouTube)

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $10 billion campaign pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment has apparently gotten under the president’s skin.

Trump lashed out at Steyer Friday morning, calling him “Wacky & totally unhinged” in an early morning tweet that came four days after the Farallon Capital founder released an ad that calls on lawmakers to kick Trump out of the Oval Office because he is mentally unstable.

House GOP Leaders Announce Children’s Health Insurance Vote

Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arguments erupted on the House floor Thursday between Republican and Democratic leaders over the prospect of a vote next week on a GOP-only bill to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the bill would be debated next week — a plan opposed by Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md. Democrats have pushed to delay the House bill until an agreement is reached on a bipartisan solution to pay for it.

Poll: On Tax Code, Americans Aren’t Quite Sure What They Want
But it sure isn’t replacing SALT with a higher standard deduction

As some House GOP members grapple with a proposal to eliminate the state and local taxes deduction, Americans aren't sure how they feel about the measure, a new Economist/YouGov poll found. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Americans are scratching heads and furrowing brows as the House GOP prepares to unveil its tax code overhaul as early as next week, a new poll found.

Nearly half, 49 percent, of all respondents to this week’s Economist/YouGov poll said they are not sure if they support or oppose Congress eliminating the state and local taxes deduction when it’s paired with a standard deduction hike.

Steny Hoyer Really Wants to Talk About Scott Garrett
Minority whip asks Banking Committee for chance to testify against former colleague

House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., really doesn’t want former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to run the Export-Import Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There is apparently no love lost between House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and his former House colleague, Republican Scott Garrett of New Jersey.

On Wednesday, Hoyer told the Senate Banking Committee he wants to testify against Garrett’s nomination to head the Export-Import Bank, saying Garrett is “precisely the wrong pick to lead the” bank, writing in a letter to the panel that Garrett “led efforts to block its reauthorization and played a key role in causing a lapse in its charter.”

‘Call me,’ Trump Tells Democrats After Nixing Obamacare Subsidies
President paints Dems as in pocket of ‘their pet insurance companies’

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office earlier this year. On Friday morning, he instructed Democrats to call him to talk about a "fix" for Obamacare. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“Call me.”

That was the message early Friday morning from President Donald Trump to Democrats after he drew their ire late Thursday night for canceling health care subsidies they immediately said would drive up insurance premiums.

Linda Sánchez: It’s Time for New House Dem Leaders
Caucus vice chairwoman wants leaders to make room at the top

California Rep. Linda T. Sánchez became the highest ranking Democrat to suggest the party’s top three lieutenants leave their posts next Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez is ready to move up in the ranks, and she’s not afraid to say so on television. 

On Thursday, the California Democrat called on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer and Assistant Minority Leader James E. Clyburn to leave their posts after the 2018 election and make way for up-and-coming lawmakers, like herself, to have a chance at the top.