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As Republicans go into talks about whether or not they're willing to raise the debt ceiling, one of their first plans was to dramatically increase sales tax, so those who spend money will be forced to pay more instead of those who make more money. The plan was wildly unpopular and the GOP experienced immediate backlash, even among their own party members. The Democrats saw it as a non-starter.
“I believe it would cause the next Great Depression if we would impose it," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said.
As Politico explained Sunday, now even Kevin McCarthy is distancing himself from the idea that he promised the far-right he'd get it through the committee process.
It all came from Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), known for calling the Jan. 6 attack on Congress a "normal tourist visit." he was also one of the few far-right Republicans unwilling to support McCarthy at the start of the Speaker votes. Allowing this bill to come for a vote appears to be part of the deal that McCarthy made with Clyde to score his vote for Speaker.
But as Politico explained, just bringing it up makes things very difficult for Republicans at a time when approval ratings are already dropping for the new House.
"Forcing the discussion of the unpopular tax puts the GOP in a political bind that seems doomed to repeat itself for the House’s slim majority," the report said. "McCarthy must walk a tightrope between appeasing the renegade factions of his caucus and disassociating the party from policy proposals that could hurt Republicans at the ballot box."
The CNN Poll shows 73 percent 73 percent of Americans say House Republicans are not focusing on the country's top problems. There are just 27 percent of Americans that believe the House GOP's priorities are in the right place. It doesn't bode well for Republicans as they begin debt ceiling battles with the president.
“You gotta be kidding me. What in God’s name is this all about?” Biden responded Thursday when asked about the plan.
After former President Donald Trump was found to have classified and top secret documents at his country club in Palm Beach, Florida, the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the Justice Department for a briefing and asked the intelligence community for a damage assessment. The concern is that because security for Mar-a-Lago has been questionable individuals without security clearances could have had access to the information.
When President Joe Biden was found to have a few documents at the Penn Biden Center and in boxes in his garage, the Senate also asked for a damage assessment. Unlike Trump, however, Biden never lived in a location accessible to the public.
CNN reported Sunday afternoon that the Justice Department has been in contact with the Senate and they do intend to brief the branch on the information, but they will not give any information that could compromise their investigation(s).
“We are working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to support the provision of information that will satisfy the Committee’s responsibilities without harming the ongoing Special Counsel investigations,” Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte wrote to the heads of the committee.
“Although one of the Special Counsels was appointed only on January 12, prosecutors on both matters are actively working to enable sharing information with the Committee,” Uriarte said.
The damage assessment would still be required from the intelligence agencies to meet what Waner has been requesting.
Former President Donald Trump may be facing multiple investigations and lawsuits but "everything is going to be fine," according to his attorney.
"When people bring cases against [Trump], which worries a lot of people," Habba said, "when you have those but they're not within merit, there are systems in place, even when you have crooked judges, Appellate Division, etc."
"And we've been winning," she continued. "They're not going to be, but I'll invite people to ask me questions directly next time I'm on with you. But I am happy to because that's something people worry about."
Habba added: "But I have to tell you, everything is going to be fine."
The attorney insisted that Trump "has always been by the book so I will see you all in 2024."
Habba is representing Trump in multiple legal cases in New York, including a lawsuit alleging he raped journalist E. Jean Carroll.