Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump tells Senate to end legislative filibuster

Trump tells Senate to end legislative filibuster

Current majority leader Mitch McConnell, however, has indicated the bridge stops there.

Under the budget plan, general fund spending would increase 1.4 percent in the first year and 1.1 percent in the second.

Justice's plan would raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 6.35 percent - lower than the 7.25 percent proposal advanced by the Senate on May 24 that the House of Delegates refused on an 85-0 vote.

Republicans argued their plan addresses major problems such as the state's heroin and opioid crisis and a failing child protection system while protecting taxpayers.

They were following in the footsteps of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who triggered what's called the "nuclear option" in 2013, reworking the Senate rules so that 60 votes wouldn't be needed for the majority President Obama's nominees. The House plan would increase the standard deduction for tax filers - meaning more of their income would not be subject to state taxes. The House also has inserted its own favored policies into their two-year proposal.

Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, warned senators not to draw attention to this issue because House budget writers have cut these grants in the past to make their spending plans balance.

The Republican-controlled House remains on track toward getting its North Carolina government budget bill approved by the end of the week.

United States embassy in Israel not being relocated to Jerusalem, for now
But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when. Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump acted Thursday to keep the U.S.

Grassley stressed that the Senate is not working off the House bill, which he said "doesn't do anything for the 70,000 Iowans that probably in a month won't be able to go to the exchange and buy any insurance". "I've explored every way possible to incorporate ideas from all sides, and we are now on the doorstep of a great compromise that will help all of our people". Democrats, who complained the plan fails to meet the critical needs of the state, plan to offer around a dozen amendments seeking to add funding in areas such as mental health, child protection and education.

Even if the Senate were to change the rules to allow for a simple majority vote, the heart of the matter remains that Republicans would need to have a finalized bill ready to be debated on the floor for both healthcare and tax reform. "The revenues are incomplete and the tax reductions are too high".

Thursday is the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills that originated in the opposite chamber.

If House members don't like the proposal as is, both bodies will go to a Committee of Conference to settle on a final version.

With 52 Republicans now in the Senate, along with Vice President Mike Pence who can come in and make a tie-breaker vote, this would make passing controversial legislation - like health care reform - a substantially easier feat.

The differences widened as House Republicans rolled out late Tuesday night big-ticket items - raises for teachers and state employees.

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