“Why are we trying to regulate free speech?” Sen. Pat Roberts asked.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) invoked the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) controversial pat-down hand searches in his opposition to the budget deal announced Tuesday.
Paul tweeted a picture of a TSA agent searching an airline passage with the message: "In the Ryan-Murray budget 'deal' you will now have to pay more for THIS.
The tax on airline ticket purchases that is normally paid by passengers for airport security is increasing by $3.10 in the budget deal that was agreed to by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday.
The Murray-Ryan deal, which has been dubbed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, sets the aviation security fee at $5.60 for each leg of a trip beginning on Oct. 1, 2014.
The fee is currently $2.50 for each leg, with a cap of $5 overall on an airline ticket.
The move could make it harder for President Obama's IRS nominee to be confirmed this year.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Tuesday that a proposal to double the tax that is paid by airline passengers for airport security as part of a potential budget deal was part of a “collection of cats and dogs” being used to avoid tough fiscal choices.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” show, Wicker said it was “disappointing” that House and Senate negotiators were turning to things like increasing the security fee on airline tickets from $2.50 per trip to $5 to raise revenue for a broader government funding deal.
“What I'm hearing is, we're going to replace about $65 billion worth of appropriation cuts, and we're going to do it sort of with a collection of cats and dogs -- fees on the airline passengers, spectrum sales, and things like that, that don't amount to long-term savings in the next decade,” Wicker said. “That's a little ... disappointing to me.”
Valiant Bank has become the first financial institution in Switzerland to join up with the U.S. to help fight tax evaders.
An inspector general report last week found that ObamaCare tax credits are susceptible to fraud.
Lawmakers are in for a busy week as they race to finish deals on the budget and farm bill before the holiday recess.
Budget negotiators say they are closing in on a compromise that would avert the sequestration cuts for two years, and they...
Some deride these tax breaks as little more than a grab bag of corporate giveaways.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and campaign finance reform groups pulled their lawsuit after the federal government proposed new rules to rein in "dark money" groups.