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Donald Trump outlines policy plan for first 100 days
Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
Convenes at 2:30 p.m.
There are no committee hearings today.
House Floor Schedule
Convenes at 11 a.m.
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Young, restive Dems want change in House
Rep. Tim Ryan’s (D-Ohio) long-shot challenge to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has shone a rare public spotlight on rank-and-file frustrations that have simmered, largely in whispers, for more than half a decade.
Those restive voices agree that the Democrats need a hefty shakeup to get back on a winning track. But there’s lingering dissent about the roots of the party’s problems, what changes would best address them and whether Pelosi and the current leadership team are best suited for righting the listing ship.
The debate — and Pelosi’s reluctant decision to delay leadership elections until Nov. 30 to accommodate longer discussion — have highlighted the inner turmoil among Democrats seeking a new strategy to correct problems many say transcend one disastrous election cycle.
GOP debates going big on tax reform
Republican lawmakers are divided over one of their biggest priorities, overhauling the tax code.
Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), want to lower individual and corporate tax rates at the same time. They say focusing on corporate rates alone would leave out smaller businesses that are taxed under the individual code.
McConnell told reporters after the election that he would prefer a comprehensive approach that “doesn’t just lower taxes for the corporations who are having a hard time competing with the rest of the world” but does so for “most American businesses which are not corporations.”
But rewriting the entire tax code – something that hasn’t been done since 1986 – would be a massive and risky undertaking, even with unified Republican control of Washington. Limiting the effort to the corporate code would have much higher odds of success.
Trump won’t pursue case against Clinton, Conway says
President-elect Donald Trump has decided that he won’t seek criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday.
Trump’s apparent decision, conveyed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” is a change from his campaign rhetoric, in which he issued incendiary calls for a special prosecutor to reopen the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state and had also urged investigations of allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation. He nicknamed the Democratic nominee “Crooked Hillary” and encouraged chants of “Lock her up!” at his rallies.
Trump’s decision to pursue or not pursue a criminal investigation from the Oval Office would be an extraordinary break with political and legal protocol, which holds that the attorney general and FBI make decisions on whether to conduct investigations and file charges, free of pressure from the president.