In 2011, Father Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest affectionately known as Father Pat on Capitol Hill, became the chaplain of the House of Representatives. But Father Pat's time in service to Congress will soon come to an end thanks, according to the priest's resignation letter, to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The move by the Wisconsin Republican House leader, which has come to light after NBC obtained a copy of the letter, has angered House members on both sides of the aisle.
In 2017, the GOP moved to erode voting rights, Medicare, Meals on Wheels, access to education, and other protections — including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
When Donald Trump cruelly mocked a disabled reporter on the campaign trail in 2016, disabled people took notice, and were dismayed to realize that they were among the “undesirables” the candidate and his party were targeted for future harm. The first year of the Trump administration has made the threat real, as Trump and the GOP Congress have pursued legislation that will put limits on access to health care, education, opportunities, and voting rights for Americans with disabilities. Even the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is in the crosshairs.
Fox Business host Trish Regan criticized a key component of the Republican tax plan, saying it was wrong for private equity investors to have a lower tax bracket than New York City police officers.
“It’s great for corporations, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” she said. “And it’s also great for a lot of fat cat private equity investors and there is something wrong with that.”
It seems the extremely unpopular GOP tax plan proverbially kicks a man, or in this case Puerto Rico, when they're down.
As the U.S. island territory struggles to recover from a $70 billion debt and the devastation left by Hurricane Maria, House Republicans voted for a 12.5 percent tax on intellectual property income of U.S. companies on the island and a minimum 10 percent tax on their profits in Puerto Rico. Senate Republicans passed the bill earlier Wednesday.
Republican Senator Susan Collins disparaged news coverage of her decision to vote for the Republican tax reform bill as "unbelievably sexist" on Tuesday.
I cannot believe that the press would have treated another senator with 20 years of experience as they have treated me."
"They’ve ignored everything that I’ve gotten, and there have been stories after stories about how I’ve been duped," the Maine senior senator told reporters at the Capitol.
As President Donald Trump promises the GOP tax plan benefits the middle class, a majority of Americans say they don't believe it according to a new poll. Most Americans feel Trump's policies don't help those who fall between rich and poor.
Among respondents in a Monmouth University poll conducted December 10 through 12, 53 percent said that middle class families have “not at all” benefited from Trump’s policies. 25 percent said the middle class benefited “a little,” 11 percent said “a lot,” with 11 percent undecided. Republicans released the final version of their tax plan Friday, after the poll finished.
We Now Know Why Senator Bob Corker Switched From a "No" to a "Yes" on Tax Reform and We're Not Surprised
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was the only Republican to vote against the wildly unpopular GOP tax plan on the Senate floor two weeks ago, but he's since reversed his position. A new report indicates that a provision added during the reconciliation process would benefit Americans with large commercial real estate holdings––and Corker has plenty of large commercial real estate holdings.
The controversy surrounding Corker's reversal only intensified after Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on ABC News’ This Week and appeared to dodge questions about the provision. During a sit-down with George Stephanopoulos, who asked about the specific provision benefiting those with real estate income through LLCs, and the following exchange took place: