A National Sales Tax Is a Terrible Idea

A small minority of House Republicans can force a vote on creating a national sales tax. It will give Democrats a needless political cudgel in exchange for a flawed bill with no hope of passage. The Fair Tax Act has been introduced by a small handful of Republicans in every Congress since 1999. The bill … Read more

US Chamber calls for Congress to end gridlock, saying businesses are ‘fed up’

The American Chamber of Commerce warned Congress on Thursday that businesses are “fed up” with traffic jams. The nation’s largest business lobby group has made it clear at its annual conference that business America wants results from a divided legislature, pushing for bipartisan breakthroughs on immigration, permits, the debt and other key issues. The message … Read more

Rep. Gosar deletes tweet backing Trump’s call to “terminate” parts of Constitution

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, leaving the Capitol in April 2022. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) Wednesday posted, then deleted, a tweet stating that he supported former President Trump’s call to end parts of the US Constitution due to baseless allegations of voter fraud. Why is this important: The … Read more

GOP braces for chaotic speaker fight

Illustration: Aida Amer/Axios The certainty projected by supporters of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is unraveling as House Republicans brace for the prospect of a right-wing revolt that hampers his bid for president. Why is this important: McCarthy’s failure on the first ballot could theoretically lead to a weeks or even months stalemate that … Read more

McCarthy’s quest for House speaker risks derailment

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California at his office on Capitol Hill. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images House conservatives are putting up major roadblocks in House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) path to the presidency. Why is this important: If House Republicans manage to secure a majority in the midterm elections, … Read more

Ukraine “concerned” about U.S. Republican threats to cut aid, FM says

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told Axios he is concerned about recent threats from senior US Republican lawmakers to cut off aid to Ukraine if they win control of the House in the US election. midterm next month. Why is this important: Any reduction in US aid to Ukraine would deal a heavy blow to … Read more

Ukraine aid under threat in Republican-controlled House

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) publicly confirmed on Tuesday what many in Washington and Europe privately fear: A Republican-controlled House could turn off the tap funding the efforts of the Ukraine to defend against the Russian invasion. Why is this important: Unlike aggressive oversight hearings or political messaging bills, a Republican … Read more

New York Republican Zeldin attacked at gubernatorial campaign event

A man “attempted to stab” Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate of New York City, at a rally on Thursday, his campaign said. No one was injured in the attack in Perinton, Monroe County, authorities said. The last: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Friday that a suspect has been charged … Read more

Trumpworld plots Jan. 6 counterprogramming blitz

Former President Trump and his allies, together with top House GOP leaders and conservative groups, have begun extracting documents and coordinating a behind-the-scenes effort to counter-schedule the Jan. 6 committee’s televised hearings this month, learned Axios. Why is this important: Republicans face a daunting challenge in the coming message war. The committee has been preparing … Read more