Month: November 2017

KPRC Houston: Some go outside U.S. for lower prescription prices

“In America, pharmaceutical manufacturers are granted government-approved monopolies, and then nothing is done about their price gouging,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, of San Antonio, wants to change that. He leads the Task Force on Prescription Drugs and recently sponsored the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act. “I joined several of …

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PBS NewsHour: Who really benefits from GOP’s tax overhaul is battle point as House passes its bill

It’s a big step for Republicans’ tax overhaul plans: the House voted 227 to 205 to pass its version of the bill. While a new analysis suggests that the plans would increase taxes for middle and lower-income Americans, Republicans exuberantly deny that idea. Lisa Desjardins reports and Judy Woodruff gets perspectives from Rep. Kevin Brady, …

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SF Chronicle: GOP tax plan aims to trim college tuition benefits

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, addresses a rally against the proposed Republican tax reform bill outside the U.S. Capitol. The House plan would hit graduate students especially hard. The tax bill making its way through the House of Representatives contains a provision that would tax tuition waivers for graduate students. Because, as a community, we cannot …

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The Post Athens: What the GOP’s tax reform bill means for graduate student education

The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students promoted a mass phone call event Nov. 8 to call elected officials to oppose the new Republican tax reform bill. At its Tuesday meeting, Ohio University Graduate Student Senate passed a resolution that opposed the new GOP tax reform bill. Under the resolution, GSS members would distribute letters to …

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KXAN: Congress discontinues health insurance for 400,000 poor Texas children

The lone Democrat from Central Texas says a political crusade against the Affordable Care Act ate up legislative time and led to the funding being discontinued. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, who supports the bill, says Congress “has ignored the health needs of vulnerable children. CHIP re-authorization is belatedly scheduled for committee action Wednesday. Republicans are …

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The Hill: Live coverage: Day three of the Ways and Means GOP tax bill markup

Doggett offers amendment to restore alternative minimum tax 4:05 p.m. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) offered an amendment to restore the alternative minimum tax in the bill. Doggett said that repealing the alternative minimum tax “would be a gift directly to President Trump.” A leaked copy of Trump’s 2005 tax returns showed that most of the …

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Politico: House GOP punches big hole in plan with tax avoidance change

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) blasted the revised tax avoidance proposal as a “corporate giveaway” that comes even as Republicans rejected his colleagues’ efforts to spare tax breaks for higher education, medical expenses and adoptions that are now on the chopping block. “It’s a question of priorities,” he said. Read the full story here.

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