PH Money Matters: This Week in Washington

This Week in Washington for August 21, 2017
The national conversation this week has revolved shocking racially-charged protests that erupted in Charlottesville the weekend of August 12. White nationalist protestors came to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and counter-protestors were present to support the removal of the statue. Violence ensued, and one woman was killed when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protestors.
This Week in Washington for August 14, 2017
It was a relatively slow week in Congress as both chambers are in recess. President Trump, however, has been making headlines with his standoff with North Korea, noting that the U.S. is locked and loaded for “fire and fury” in response to Pyongyang’s threats against the United States. The President’s statement came after reports that officials think North Korea has developed a small nuclear weapon that could fit on a missile.
This Week in Washington for August 7, 2017
Republicans are expected to move on to tax reform after recess having failed to pass Obamacare repeal legislation. The White House’s Hill liaison has laid out a plan that would include markups in September, House passage in October, and Senate passage in November. However, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch only promised a markup sometime in the fall.
This Week in Washington for July 31, 2017
This was another roller coaster week by anyone’s judgment, ranging from passage of sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea to the dramatic middle of the night failure of the healthcare bill to intrigue at the White House. The House is now in recess for the next five weeks, but the Senate is staying in session for two more weeks to get nominees confirmed and to move on to tax reform.
This Week in Washington for July 24, 2017
As is usually true of the weeks leading up to August recess, the week was full of twists and turns.
This Week in Washington for July 17, 2017
Senate Republicans successfully argued before the parliamentarian that a House-passed healthcare overhaul reconciliation bill can be taken up and amended in the Senate this week.
This Week in Washington for July 3, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delayed the vote on the Senate’s version of Obamacare repeal, saying that he wants to make changes and get a new score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The current CBO score finds that the bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose health coverage and several moderate and conservative Republicans defected, saying that they would vote against the bill.
This Week in Washington for June 26, 2017
Republicans retained the two open seats on June 20, one in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District and the other in South Carolina’s Fifth. The race in Georgia was a heated one, with Democrats hopeful they may eke out a victory in the heavily Republican district, but they fell short with Republican Karen Handel taking 51.9 percent of the vote and Democrat Jon Ossoff earning 48.1. Many are saying that this is a wake-up call for Democrats, and that they need to come up with a better platform than simply “we’re not Trump.”
This Week in Washington for June 19, 2017
Washington was rocked after gunman opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice on June 14, striking four people, including Representative Steve Scalise. The tragedy shocked Republicans and Democrats and united the parties in anguish, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) saying “for all the noise and all the fury, we are one family.”
This Week in Washington for June 12, 2017
Former FBI Director James Comey testified on June 8th before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey disavowed the notion that he was fired because the FBI was in disarray and poorly led: “Those were lies, plain and simple.” He said that he thought he was fired as an effort to hinder the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Comey also said that the President asked him several times to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Comey said that he refused to do so. He said that it was up to special counsel Robert Mueller whether that amounted to obstruction of justice.
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