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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

NCL: Ambulance costs need regulation, transparency

One worry people facing life threatening emergencies shouldn’t have is the cost of an ambulance. Yet a recent article in the Washington Post highlighting a study by Kaiser Health News notes the wildly varying charges of taking an ambulance and the emergence of venture capital firms in owning ambulance services, of which there are 14,000 across the country. California passed a law in July that protects consumers from surprise medical bills by out-of-network providers that could offer some protections. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) has been pushing a bill to protect patients from out-of-network charges, but it doesn’t seem to be... Keep Reading

SAEN: S.A. congressman becomes leading Democratic critic of tax bills

On MSNBC this week, Lloyd Doggett sounded a tone of resignation while trying to puncture the seeming inevitability of Republicans’ legislation to overhaul the American tax system. “I view the bill as a giant political life preserver for Republicans who’ve been unable to get anything else done this year and haven’t given a lot of thought to the real impact on Americans of adding so much debt, a trillion so dollars,” Doggett said. As his party’s ranking member on the House Ways and Means tax-writing panel, Doggett, D-San Antonio, is cast in the role as a main Washington critic of... Keep Reading