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“I have a new rule, by the way. This is King’s Rule. The faster a bill goes through, the worse it is… that’s one of the reasons I predict there’ll be a vote today, because the longer the days go on, more people learn how terrible this bill really is.”
— Sen. Angus King (I-ME), in an interview on MSNBC, on the Republican tax bill.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election has cost more than $5 million, ABC News reports. “Those expenses include money for a staff of more than 16 attorneys, dozens of FBI agents, support staff, travel and office supplies.”
Congress paid close to $100,000 in taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims from at least two young male staffers who worked for disgraced former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY), ABC News reports. “The claims were settled after Massa, a Democrat from upstate New York, resigned in 2010 amid a pending ethics investigation into allegations he groped and sexually harassed members of his staff.”
“Congress’ nonpartisan tax analysts have concluded the Senate Republicans’ tax plan would add $1 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, contradicting White House promises the bill would pay for itself and complicating GOP leaders’ efforts to find the support they need to pass the bill through a closely divided Senate,” the Washington Post reports.
“If he is elected, there are no grounds under the Constitution to fail to seat him. The Constitution says you can only look at citizenship, whether they are a resident of the state, and if they are the proper age. So we have to seat him.”
— Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), quoted by CNN, on whether the U.S. Senate would refuse to seat Roy Moore (R) if he wins Alabama’s special election.