Texas

Texas Church Comes Together for Christmas, Remembers Victims

(Worthy News) – After facing tragedy less than two months ago, First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas remembered the victims of November’s mass shooting in a special Christmas ceremony. A gunman open fired on the church during Sunday morning worship on November 5th killing 26 people. Since then, the community has mourned and worked…

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Congress sends historic tax bill to Trump

(Worthy News) – House Republicans on Wednesday voted for the second time in two days to pass a major tax overhaul, sending the $1.5 trillion tax cut to President Trump, as promised, just before Christmas. “With the new tax system we will deliver today, things will change for the better, and they will change immediately,”…

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House GOP pushing $81B disaster relief for hurricanes, fires

(Worthy News) – House Republicans plan to unveil an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump last month. The emergency aid would provide $26 billion for community development block grants, which would help Florida, Texas and the Caribbean rebuild…

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Republicans strike deal on tax package

(Worthy News) – Republican negotiators on Wednesday said they’ve managed to strike a deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package and that they’ll be prepared to send it to President Trump’s desk next week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch told reporters that House and Senate lawmakers working to reconcile the two chambers’ versions…

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House, Senate conferees to meet publicly Wednesday on tax legislation

(Worthy News) – The House-Senate conference committee working to finalize a tax bill will meet publicly Wednesday to work on the final version of the legislation, chairman Kevin Brady of Texas announced Friday, and GOP members are also expected to work through the weekend to reach an agreement. “The House and the Senate are working…

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House votes to allow concealed carry across state lines

(Worthy News) – The House passed legislation Wednesday that would allow concealed carry permit holders from one state to legally carry their guns in other states. Lawmakers passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which also includes language aimed at improving the federal background check system more commonly known as NICS. The combined bill passed 231-198;…

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U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

(Worthy News) – A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women’s health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin issued a permanent injunction against the…

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Bipartisan Bill to Fix Gun Background Check System Introduced in Senate

(Worthy News) – A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill designed to address failures in the FBI’s gun background check system on Thursday. The Fix NICS Act would implement punishments for federal agencies that fail to comply with criminal reporting requirements, including prohibiting bonuses for political appointees at failing agencies. It would reward states…

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Churches, non-profits could profit politically under House tax bill

(Worthy News) – Not only would houses of worship be able to more actively promote political candidates, but so would non-profit groups under a section inserted into the House tax bill an hour before it was due for a key vote. The last-minute change affecting the so-called Johnson amendment was tucked into a 292-page “manager’s…

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