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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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"The wealthy Americans are not my priority. My priority are people in the middle class and that's where we are giving the big tax reduction," said President Trump. He dialed back his comments a day earlier about wealthy people paying more under his plan. (Associated Press)

Trump says tax overhaul won't force rich to pay more

President Trump said Thursday he doubts he'll have to hike tax rates for the rich in order to get a tax overhaul through Congress, dialing back his comments a day earlier that the wealthy could end up paying more under his plan. Published September 14, 2017

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, promised to deliver a tax reform blueprint to lawmakers the week of Sept. 25. (Associated Press)

Trump targets rich in tax reform, throwing Republicans a curveball

With President Trump demanding quick action on tax reform, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill said Wednesday that they will release a full framework by month's end and hope to set an aggressive schedule that would put a massive package on Mr. Trump's desk by year's end. Published September 13, 2017

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that Paul D. Ryan's desired tax overhaul plan will be all but impossible to accomplish before 2018. (Associated Press)

Conservatives shift from tax overhaul to cuts before 2017 ends

Tax activists antsy over Congress' ability to overhaul the country's tax code this year are urging lawmakers to shift gears and work instead on a big tax cut, saying the GOP needs to post a win before it faces voters in 2018. Published September 11, 2017

Senate Republicans to tie Harvey relief to debt limit increase

Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will link a Hurricane Harvey relief package to an increase in the government's borrowing limit, disappointing conservatives who'd insisted each issue should be debated on its own merits. Published September 5, 2017

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 27, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John McCain urges delay in new catfish inspection rules

Sen. John McCain is mounting a last-minute plea to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to delay implementation of new catfish inspection rules slated to fully kick in Friday, saying all catfish inspections should be returned to the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration. Published August 31, 2017

Men wait on a utility vehicle stuck in flood waters on Wednesday in Lumberton, Texas. The National Flood Insurance Program faces an end-of-September renewal deadline. (Associated Press)

Harvey brings new urgency to fight over federal flood insurance reform

Congress appears eager to approve federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, but it could have a tougher time as it races an end-of-September deadline to renew the National Flood Insurance Program, which is already $25 billion in debt thanks to past storms. Published August 30, 2017

People evacuate a neighborhood in west Houston inundated by floodwaters after a release from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Harvey breaks rainfall records, spreads more disaster

Hurricane Harvey's rainfall topped 50 inches in some spots, setting a record for the continental U.S., as flooding reached more neighborhoods in Texas on Tuesday, forced further evacuations, spurred thousands of heroic rescues and stranded many more people. Published August 29, 2017

President Donald Trump is greeted as he tours the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump: Harvey cleanup will be 'costly proposition'

President Trump said Tuesday the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey will be a "costly proposition" and that the storm has already led to historic levels of damage. Published August 29, 2017