Rucho bullies committee amid questionable rushed approval of energy bill (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Senate finance chairman Sen. Bob Rucho pushed through a bill freezing renewable energy rates on Wednesday, cutting off discussion and refusing to allow a head count instead of a voice vote. Show More Summary
The Senate Finance Committee’s working groups on tax reform have narrowed their focus. Chair Orrin Hatch sounds like he’s given up on broad-based reform for now, but Tax Analysts reports (paywall) that the groups have focused on four areas where they still may make progress: Education, charity, and homeownership incentives, and tax administration. Show More Summary
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this afternoon sent a strongly worded letter to IRS Commission John Koskinen askingRead the Rest...
Orange County Register editorial, Emails Keep IRS Scandal Probe Afloat: John Koskinen has some ’splaining to do. Last June, Mr. Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, told Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Orrin Hatch that a computer malfunction somehow zapped thousands of emails to and from Lois Lerner,...
The United States Senate Committee on Finance have approved unanimously by voice vote language that would put pressure on South Africa to remove unfair limits on American chicken imports.
As Fox News reported: “The Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration notified the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that they have recovered thousands of Lois Lerner emails that were not previously produced to Congress, committee members told Fox News.” “The inspector general recovered approximately 6,400 Lerner emails and will carefully examine them as part of the […]
Last week, the Fast Track bill, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, was passed in the Senate Finance Committee. It would facilitate passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations. Leading...Show More Summary
By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt On April 22, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.
This week, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill granting President Obama trade promotion authority to negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In today's parlance, this is often called...
The U.S. Senate Chicken Caucus scored an eggciting victory this week as its co-chairman successfully sponsored an amendment to l’egg-islation passed by the Senate Finance Committee that will put pressure on South Africa to loosen its limits on American poultry imports. Show More Summary
Let me finish with this news that a majority of Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee voted to put the Pacific rim trade deal on fast-track.
WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday evening, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted in favor of an amendment to discourage European participation in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Launched in 2005 by Palestinian...Show More Summary
Trade Promotion Authority, the legislation that is considered essential for trade deals to make it through Congress, cleared the Senate Finance Committee late last night after many hours of debate over hundreds of proposed amendments. One of them, little noticed at the time, could throw a big wrench in the process going forward. The amendment, […]
Today's Water Cooler: TPP passed by Senate Finance Committee, S.S. Clinton hits stormy seas on Russian uranium deal, Cruz's humor, water
The Senate Finance Committee yesterday passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation by a vote of 20-6. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said the action “marks a pivotal moment for international trade policy and reflects years of...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda narrowly passed an initial Senate test late Wednesday, but many fellow Democrats hope to trip him in the House. The Senate Finance Committee endorsed Obama's request for "fast track"...Show More Summary
``As the Senate Finance Committee prepared to pass the bill, independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont invoked a little-used procedural rule to stall even incremental progress on a measure that's become one of the president's top economic goals. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is filibustering President Barack Obama's trade agenda -- sort of. Early Wednesday, Sanders forced the Senate Finance Committee to abandon a legislative hearing on a bill that would grant Obama so-called fast-track authority on trade agreements. Show More Summary
A source in the state Senate tells me that this afternoon at a 2:00pm meeting of the Senate Finance and Tax Committee an amendment will be offered to HB1476, the oil tax reform plan which Democrats have been describing as a”doomsday” proposal. Here’s the changes according to what I’ve been told: Current oil tax triggers...
In a hearing on U.S. trade policy Tuesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Senate Finance Committee, “We don’t believe we can build strong and sustainable economic growth on a foundation of stagnant wages and disempowered workers.”...Show More Summary