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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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017, after a vote as the Republican majority in Congress remains stymied by their inability to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" because of opposition and wavering within the GOP ranks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell casts doubt on prospects for bipartisan tax overhaul

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said Republicans plan to use a fast-track budget process to pass tax reform, summarily rejecting one of Democrats' major demands they say is needed to have any hope of a bipartisan deal. Published August 1, 2017

White House legislative director Marc Short takes a question from the media about the GOP Senate health care bill during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Senate Democrats: No tax cuts for the rich

Senate Democrats on Tuesday said Republicans need to abandon any plans to cut taxes for the wealthy, and that they should not leverage fast-track budget rules to overhaul the tax code or pass a package that adds to the deficit if the GOP has serious designs on winning Democratic support for tax reform. Published August 1, 2017

President Donald Trump leaves the room after bestowing the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor to retired Army medic James McCloughan during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House pushes 'aggressive' timeline for tax cut

The White House signaled Monday that President Trump would rather have a big tax cut that increases economic growth -- even if it means having to accept temporary changes that would expire after a decade. Published July 31, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017, as the Republican majority in Congress remains stymied by their inability to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare."  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans slam Senate after health care vote

Some House Republicans gathered on Capitol Hill Friday slammed the Senate for failing to pass its health care repeal bill earlier in the morning, saying they took care of business a few months ago and upper chamber colleagues didn't hold up their end of the bargain. Published July 28, 2017

In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listens at left as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, after meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Tax negotiators drop border tax, pledge to deliver 'historic' reform

Congressional Republicans and administration officials on Thursday axed plans to include a controversial border tax as part of their effort to overhaul the code, looking to portray a unified front on the major agenda item as members get set to leave town for August recess. Published July 27, 2017

** FILE ** Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House lawmakers fume over $1.2 million in military gear given to fake police

Defense officials on Thursday tried to convince lawmakers they're getting things under control after government auditors recently managed to set up a fake agency and acquire $1.2 million worth of military equipment through a transfer program that's attracted controversy in recent years. Published July 27, 2017

In this file photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks during a a hearing in Denver where he discussed his agency's proposal on arbitration, in Denver, Colo., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. If enacted, the plan would severely curtail a contentious practice called mandatory arbitration, which consumer advocates have long argued does a disservice to people who have disputes with banks, credit card issuers and other financial service providers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) **FILE**

House votes to undo federal consumer bureau's arbitration rule

The U.S. House on Tuesday voted 231-190 to overturn a new rule that would make it easier for consumers to join class-action lawsuits, taking a step to put a check on the recent move from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Published July 25, 2017

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama's IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds

The IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118 million was even paid to people who weren't authorized to work in the U.S. in the first place. Published July 24, 2017