Budget and Finance
Congressman Lieu at a recent Budget Committee Hearing
“In California—the eighth largest economy in the world—we put our fiscal house in order by investing in core priorities instead of giving tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to set national budget policy that raises the wages of the middle class; protects Medicare and Social Security, and invests in infrastructure, education, and innovation.”
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GOP leaders touted “unity” behind a tax reform framework Wednesday, but the effort is likely to face many hurdles working with a president seeking bipartisan buy-in.
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House Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent Trump administration officials from using private jets on the taxpayers’ dime as multiple Cabinet heads come under fire for the practice.
Two groups of Democrats unveiled bills with correspondingly flashy titles.
Progressive Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), Jamie Raskin (Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) put forth the Swamp Flyers Act, while centrist Democratic Reps. Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.) offered the Taxpayers Don’t Incur Meaningless Expenses (Taxpayers DIME) Act.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Wednesday cast President Trump and congressional Republicans' tax proposal not just as bad policy, but bad math.
"If you believe 2+2=7, you will like GOP #TaxReform plan," Lieu wrote on Twitter. "If you believe in math & don't want to blow up fed deficit, you will be horrified."
Lieu's comments came after Trump unveiled a tax reform framework during a speech in Indiana on Wednesday.
An inspector general is looking into Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin’s request for a U.S. military plane for his European honeymoon in August, triggering new questions about his use of government aircraft following a controversial trip with his wife to Kentucky during the solar eclipse.
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House GOP leaders won’t be allowing votes this week on Democratic proposals to prevent taxpayer funds from benefiting businesses owned by President Trump.
Multiple Democrats had filed amendments to a government spending package set to be considered on the House floor this week to ensure the president is not personally enriched by the federal government.
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Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after joining the bipartisan Congressional Digital Trade Caucus as a founding Member.
A new bill that a Democratic senator introduced would put the financial burden on President Donald Trump for his frequent visits to his own properties.
A Torrance congressman wants to require President Trump to reimburse taxpayers for any public funds spent on travel to hotels or other properties that he owns.