Congress

Taxes

Judge blocks tax cut rule in American Rescue Plan

A federal judge has blocked the U.S. Treasury from enforcing a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibited states from using the pandemic relief funds to offset new tax cuts. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler ruled Monday in Alabama that Congress exceeded its power in putting the so-called tax mandate on states.

Social Security and You

Fault Ourselves — Not Our Politicians

In a recent column, I tried to allay the fears of so many readers who expressed grave concerns about gloom and doom headlines from a few weeks ago that were predicting Social Security’s demise. I told people to chill out. We’ve been down this road many times in the program’s 80-year history. Eventually Congress will

Medicare

Ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices under pressure

Donna Weiner looks at Medicare’s prescription drug program from two different points of view. As a participant, she wants to pay less for her medicines, which cost her about $6,000 a year. As a retired accountant who spent 50 years handling the books for companies, she sees a way to get there. “You know from

National

Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes

More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. They were in good company: 260 lawmakers had cast at least one vote by proxy this year

National

Social spending, business tax hike drive $6T Biden budget

President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion budget proposal for next year would run a $1.8 trillion federal government deficit despite a raft of new tax increases on corporations and high-income people designed to pay for his ambitious spending plans. Biden had already announced his major budget initiatives, but during a rollout Friday, he will wrap them

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