To ‘develop trust’ before taking on the heavy lifting of tax reform, Senate tax-writers are attempting to proceed along bipartisan lines, starting with the extension of a reduced number of expiring tax breaks.
Government funding was set to run out on Sept. 30, but congressional leaders on Tuesday said they reached a deal to extend it for six months at current levels. Lawmakers with tea party leanings led the way, to prevent possibility of a preelection government shutdown.
NRA officials say the Obama administration’s ‘Fast and Furious’ operation began as part of an antigun agenda – and that lawmakers who don’t vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt will be held to account in November elections.
If a gridlocked Congress is to make headway on modernizing US immigration policy, it may be by fighting for reforms because of their economic imperatives rather than getting bogged down in highly charged cultural or moral debates.