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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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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mick Mulvaney: 3 percent growth a 'conservatively defensible number'

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday said number crunchers recently came up with even rosier forecasts for economic growth in the coming years than they're projecting, but ultimately settled on the "conservatively defensible" number of 3 percent used in the president's 2018 budget blueprint. Published May 25, 2017

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Budget Committee hearing about President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mulvaney: 'Trumponomics' is whatever achieves 3 percent growth

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday defined "Trumponomics" as policies that will get the U.S. economy to a 3 percent growth rate, saying it's unlikely the federal government can balance its books without hitting that target. Published May 24, 2017

Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady and other House Republicans are counting on revenue generated by the border adjustment tax to help fund a massive reduction in income tax rates. (Associated Press)

Border adjustment tax proponents struggle to prevent more Republican defections

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady mounted a renewed defense Tuesday for including a border adjustment tax in the Republicans' proposed tax overhaul, but he is facing increasing defections from members of his party who say the tax is complicated and will end up socking consumers. Published May 23, 2017

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, accompanied by FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump met with conservative leaders about healthcare. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Associated Press)

Grass-roots leader: Time is ticking for Republican agenda

Republicans need to get moving -- and "go big" -- on repealing Obamacare, overhauling the tax code and rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations, a top conservative grass-roots leader said Monday, warning that voters could stay home if the GOP doesn't give them a reason to turn out. Published May 22, 2017

President Donald Trump takes a drink of water before delivering a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kochs say they will back Trump tax reform plan

They didn't actively back President Trump's 2016 presidential bid, but the political network tied to the conservative Koch brothers is now gearing up to assist the Trump White House in its push for a tax code overhaul in hopes of shaping the plan congressional Republicans are working on. Published May 21, 2017

FILE- In this March 7, 2017, file photo, then-Deputy Attorney General-designate Rod Rosenstein, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rosenstein unaware of FBI request for additional Russia resources

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he had no evidence to support some recent news reports that FBI Director James B. Comey requested additional resources for the bureau's investigation involving Russian influence in the 2016 election right before he was fired, according to House members exiting an all-member briefing with Mr. Rosenstein Friday. Published May 19, 2017

Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, wants to give tax cuts a 20-year to 30-year budget window. This move will help revive the economy, he said. (Associated Press)

Senate Republicans want to give tax cut plan more than 10 years this time

Hoping to avoid the fate of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, which were forced to expire under budget rules, Senate Republicans are weighing a new approach that would give them more wiggle room to pass a major tax code overhaul without having to show a quick return. Published May 16, 2017

President Donald Trump walks back to the White House in Washington after escorting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vehicle following Erdogan's visit, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP lawmakers hold fire against Trump -- at least for now

Republicans said they'd prefer less "drama" coming from the White House, but generally reserved judgment on the latest reports on President Trump's sharing of potentially classified information, saying they weren't sure how to sort out accusations by anonymous sources in news articles. Published May 16, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the day after the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey by President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Mitch McConnell: Tax reform must be revenue neutral

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said tax reform will have to be "revenue neutral" but that an import tax outlined by House Republicans probably wouldn't pass the Senate, which could leave lawmakers tasked with finding another way to raise about $1 trillion over 10 years. Published May 16, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence talks to reporters about the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.    Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director Comey, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time." He said Comey's firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pence: Comey firing 'the right decision at the right time'

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said President Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey was the "right decision at the right time" and that Mr. Comey had lost the confidence of the American people. Published May 10, 2017

This April 2015 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago shows several guns that were stolen by street gangs from a train stopped in Chicago. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Wash. The photo entered into evidence in the April 2017 trial of one suspect in the case. Chicago aldermen representing neighborhoods near a Norfolk Southern rail yard where thieves in recent years stole 150 guns want new laws aimed at ensuring railways properly secure their yards. (U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago via AP)

Gunmakers want oversight shift from State to Commerce

The gun industry wants the Trump administration to move oversight of certain gun and ammunition exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department, saying the State Department is snaring gunsmiths and hobbyists in arcane rules and fees. Published May 8, 2017


Republicans hoping for bipartisan tax-reform plan

After watching their health care bill devolve into a partisan morass, a group of prominent Republicans is pushing to make sure the next big fight over tax reform doesn't go down the same path. Published May 7, 2017