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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations. Iowa State University President Steven Leath, a pilot, acknowledged last year that he used a school plane for trips that mixed personal and university business, a practice that came to light after he damaged the aircraft in a hard landing. (Bloomington Normal Airport Authority via AP, File)

Democrats blast GOP plan's tax break on private jets

Republicans billed their tax overhaul as a way to clear out special loopholes from the bloated tax code — but the bill that will hit the Senate floor after Thanksgiving actually adds a host of new breaks on everything from private jet operators to citrus farmers. Published November 19, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House kicks off debate on GOP tax overhaul plan

The House on Wednesday voted to start debate on the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax-cut package, as leaders look to pass the bill later this week and stay in line with a self-imposed year-end deadline to get a package to President Trump's desk. Published November 15, 2017

In this July 12, 2017, file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

NFIB endorses Senate tax plan

The National Federation of Independent Business, a leading small business lobbying group, on Wednesday threw its support behind the Senate's tax overhaul plan. Published November 15, 2017

"We're optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said of the tax bill. (Associated Press/File)

Senate Republicans' tax plan includes repeal of Obamacare mandate

Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will include a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate in their tax cut bill in a bold move that frees up more money for deeper tax cuts and takes a whack at the health care law they have repeatedly tried but failed to repeal. Published November 14, 2017

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (center), New Jersey Democrat conferred with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady,Texas Republican, joined by Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the committee, as they wrapped up debate on the Republican tax bill. (Associated Press)

House committee sends a more conservative-friendly tax bill to floor

House Republicans survived the first skirmish on their tax cut bill Thursday, pushing a $1.5 trillion plan through committee after last-minute changes to appease conservatives by restoring small but symbolic tax breaks such as the adoption credit. Published November 9, 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee passed an amendment to the GOP tax overhaul Monday proposed by the committee's Republican chairman, Kevin Brady. (Associated Press)

GOP inserts newer amendments into its tax bill

House Republicans approved still more changes to their tax-cuts bill Monday, limiting a new tax increase on private colleges and universities to only the wealthiest schools and altering the way investment managers are taxed as GOP leaders try to build consensus among their members. Published November 6, 2017

Copies of the proposed Republican tax package are carried by House Ways and Means Committee staffer Thomas Kutz before the start of the markup session on the bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate today on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House panel kicks off tax bill debate

The House Ways and Means Committee kicked off debate Monday on the GOP's proposed overhaul to the U.S. tax code, with Chairman Kevin Brady saying the time is now for lawmakers to pass "transformational" tax reform for the American people. Published November 6, 2017

In this Nov. 2, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on tax policy with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right. Terrorism, taxes and Russia tribulations provided fertile ground for President Donald Trump and others to sow confusion over the past week. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Groups spend $30M on ads to sway opinion on GOP's tax plan

The ink is barely dry on the House GOP's tax bill, but deep-pocketed outside groups on both sides are already flooding the airwaves in an attempt to define the conversation and shape the public's view as Congress begins to vote. Published November 5, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., take questions during a news conference on Capitol Hill to respond to the Republican tax reform plan in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Chuck Schumer: House GOP tax bill like a 'dead fish'

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Friday likened the House GOP's newly unveiled tax legislation to a "dead fish" and said it represents a "betrayal" to middle class families throughout the country. Published November 3, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump advocates inserting individual mandate repeal into tax reform

President Trump on Wednesday said congressional tax-writers should consider repealing Obamacare's individual mandate as part of their tax reform push, inserting a wild card into a process that's already been delayed at least one day in the House. Published November 1, 2017