GOP Working to Pass Measures to Avoid a Gov’t Shutdown

House GOP leaders are forging ahead with a plan to avoid a government shutdown before funding expires at the end of the week. Congressional Republicans are looking to get a two week stop-gap spending measure approved to keep the government running through December 22.

Pres. Trump Pushes ‘America First’ Tax Cuts

President Trump pushes Republican tax reform as part of his “America first” agenda. During a speech in Missouri Wednesday, he rallied support for the gop tax overhaul, saying the U.S. needs tax cuts that will help the working class.

Schumer, Pelosi Cancel Meeting With Pres. Trump

Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi abruptly canceled plans to meet with President Trump. In a joint statement issued Tuesday, the Senate and House minority leaders said since the president is doubting a bipartisan deal will be reached in time to avoid a government shutdown, they are cancelling their scheduled meeting at the White House. They said they will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, instead, later this afternoon.

Senate GOP Introduce Last Minute Tax Bill Changes Ahead of Key Committee Vote

GOP senators made last minute changes to the tax reform bill in an effort to win over undecided lawmakers ahead of a key committee vote. Republican Senators Ron Johnson and Steve Daines say they could vote against the tax bill. They argue the legislation puts limited-liability companies and small businesses at a disadvantage compared to larger corporations.