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Thu Jun 13, 2024 AT 9:38 AM EDT

House Speaker Mike Johnson met with Senate Republicans on Wednesday to begin setting an ambitious agenda for Washington if former President Donald Trump is reelected and Republicans win control of the Senate and keep their House majority. 

Johnson pitched GOP senators on tax and spending cuts and regulatory reforms during a meeting ahead of Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday. 

Feeling the Senate majority is within their reach, Senate Republicans are discussing what proposals to include in a special budget reconciliation package — or multiple packages — to get around the filibuster

Extending the Trump-era tax cuts, which expire at the end of next year, is at the top of the list, but Republican senators are also pitching a big increase in defense spending and cuts to mandatory government spending to reduce the projected federal deficit. Read Full Story

Tue Jun 11, 2024 AT 10:16 AM EDT

Republican lawmakers are seeking ways to overturn a Biden administration rule aimed toward cracking down on so-called gun show loopholes after the new mandate was used to cancel a gun show in Montana last month. 

The gun show in Hamilton, Montana, was canceled in response to the new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule, which took effect on May 20 and requires vendors selling guns to be federally licensed and to conduct background checks — rules that are typically not enforced at gun shows.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said the Biden administration was “weaponizing the administrative state against law-abiding American citizens.” 

And Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., warned the rule was an attempt to institute universal background checks that would “eventually lead to a nationwide firearms registry and subsequent gun confiscation.” Read Full Story

Thu May 30, 2024 AT 10:15 AM EDT

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday lowered expectations about his ability to be exonerated in his hush money trial, saying the charges were “rigged” against him to result in a conviction.

“Mother Teresa could not beat those charges. But we’ll see,” he told reporters in the courthouse hallway. Jurors are deliberating the 34 counts of falsifying business records charged against the former president brought by New York officials, though Trump insists President Joe Biden ordered up the charges to help his flailing campaign against the presumptive Republican nominee. Read Full Story

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/may/29/donald-trump-even-mother-teresa-couldnt-beat-these/

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