News Digest – December 2, 2017

In the news this week, Cardin and Van Hollen blast the #TrumpTaxScam with passed the Senate on party lines and Cummings continues to go after Flynn and the Russia investigation.


  • With only one Republican (Bob Corker of Tennessee) opposed, the Senate GOP passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning.  No Democrats voted for the 500-page bill, which included many last minute revisions.  
  • Absurd barely describes this process,” Senator Cardin said.  Senator Van Hollen called passage of the bill “one of the biggest legislative heists in history.”  
  • On Thursday, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said the Senate plan would add $1 trillion to the deficit.
  • Here’s the Washington Post’s running list of winners and losers under the Senate bill.
  • Here are seven differences that House and Senate Republicans must resolve before presenting legislation for President Trump’s signature.
  • Rep. Cummings: “There’s something wrong with the picture when you tell teachers, who simply want to buy some supplies for their students, that they’re not going to be able to deduct $250. Come on, give me a break. While at the same time, giving the rich more money.”

Russia investigation

    • Former national security advisor Michael Flynn pled guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and said he is cooperating with the ongoing investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 election.



  • Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger reacts: ““We are a great country and we have checks and balances and thank goodness we do. I’m sure the president and a lot of his team are very concerned about this.”  
  • Rep. Cummings:
    • “[Flynn] has, over and over, omitted information that he should have disclosed. t’s not an aberration, and that’s clear.”
    • General Flynn’s actions are part of a broader pattern of concealing his foreign contacts, payments, travel and work on behalf of foreign interests,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. “The bigger question is this: What did President Trump know and why did he disregard all the red flags?”

Sexual Harassment

Local News

  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee met at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday to discuss the growing opioid crisis. Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said naloxone should be available to anyone who needs it, but that drug companies continue to raise the price of the drug and “communities have been forced to ration it.”
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings asked the FBI director Wednesday to make the investigation into slain Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter “a top priority.”  More here.

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea today casts a dark shadow on this Administration and the Trump campaign’s actions throughout the election.


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