Oct 17, 2017

Ryan predicts House will pass tax plan by next month

Paul Ryan listens to Del. Jenniffer Gonzalez, D-Puerto Rico, at the Emergency Operations Center in San Juan. Photo: Carlos Giusti / AP

House Speaker Paul Ryan predicted to a Milwaukee radio station yesterday that the House will pass a tax rewrite by next month, and the Senate will approve it and send it to Trump's desk by December, The Hill reports.

Reality check: Republicans haven't introduced an actual bill yet, and Congress has a fairly full plate right now, from immigration to Iran to government funding for the rest of the year. There are 28 legislative days left in 2017.

The Senate hurdle ahead: Although Ryan said the House "pre-agreed" on a tax overhaul, when asked at a Monday event what the biggest roadblock to passing a change to the tax code is, Ryan responded: "You ever heard of the United States Senate before?" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two Republicans in the tax battle ahead.

Trump's not blaming himself: "I'm not going to blame myself, I'll be honest. They are not getting the job done," Trump said Monday.

  • But Americans' approval of the way Trump works with Congress is 32%, which is even lower than his 37% approval rating right now, per a CNN and SSRS poll.

This week on the Hill: The Senate is expected to vote on the budget this week after the House passed its version last week. Both will need a conference to work out a final version. The House is out this week.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.