AAS: Cruz decries Democrats for failing to applaud Trump’s wins for workers

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, found the speech less provocative than usual for Trump, but no more encouraging about where he is leading the country. “There is just a totally amazing gap between his tweets and his teleprompter readings,” Doggett said. “He’s full of love and unity and not the usual racist rant.” But, Doggett said, “It’s not about the delivery of his speech, which I thought was pretty weak. It is whether he can deliver on any of his commitments, and he hasn’t done very good on that.” “I think the state of the union under Trump is chaotic,... Keep Reading

Houston Chron: For Texans, shutdown drama turned on border, children, Dreamers and soldiers

Austin Democrat Lloyd Doggett, a member of Brady's tax-writing committee, pointed the finger back. "The cause of any government shutdown now will be the same as in the past-Republican intransigence," he said. "If they continue to insist upon an entirely partisan bill that excludes Dreamers, they should not expect Democratic votes. I want the government to remain open for everyone, including our Dreamers." Read the full story here. Keep Reading

Roll Call: Lawmakers Make New Year’s Resolutions

The Senate is back and the House will return next week after regrouping over the winter recess and preparing to tackle another tough year ahead. Between midterms and a long legislative agenda, lawmakers have a lot to figure out. So it’s no wonder that their New Year’s resolutions revolve around policy issues and the election, instead of typical goals such as getting healthy or spending time with family. HOH asked some members to share their resolutions for 2018. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas: “More exercise — more exercise of freedom of speech and assembly to preserve our democracy from the ongoing... Keep Reading

LA Times: GOP leaders reach tax deal, cutting corporate rate to 21% and top individual rate to 37%

Republican leaders on Wednesday agreed on a revised plan to cut taxes that would lower the corporate rate from 35% to 21% and drop the top individual rate for the richest Americans to 37%, according to GOP senators and others briefed on the deal. House and Senate lawmakers met Wednesday on a conference committee to combine the bills from their two chambers, even though the agreement had been reached ahead of time. “They’re grasping for a political life preserver,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, a top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. Democratic Rep. Sander M. Levin... Keep Reading

Washington Examiner: GOP touts tax bill at pro forma conference meeting: ‘Our once-in-a-generation opportunity’

Republicans touted their tax reform plans at a perfunctory joint House-Senate conference committee meeting Wednesday afternoon, as Democrats thundered against the bill and decried the uselessness of the event. Democrats tried to slow the GOP bill’s advancement via amendment. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, for instance, tried to offer an amendment to postpone the conference hearing until newly elected Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama could be seated in the Senate. Brady denied those motions, prompting Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, to accuse him of following “Putin rules.” Read the full story here. Keep Reading