In the final week of October, Congress took another stop toward passing federal tax reform and President Donald Trump is taking action to combat the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, a legendary musician passed away, and an MLB team announced a major change to their coaching staff. Here’s more information on the top stories from the past week:
Congress passes federal budget, paves way for tax reform
Republicans are one step closer to revamping the federal tax code for the first time since the Reagan administration.
The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday morning, clearing the way for tax reform legislation to pass through Congress. The budget narrowly passed on a vote of 216-212, despite zero Democrat votes and the dissent of 20 House Republicans.
The will alter the current U.S. tax code considerably, and includes a slashing of the maximum corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and a decrease in individual income brackets from seven to three.
The federal budget is expected to be the first major legislative victory for the Trump administration after the Senate failed to pass healthcare reform in July. Trump Thursday after the budget passed.
Trump declares opioid crisis a “public health emergency”
Trump announced Thursday that he will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
The new order alleviates certain regulations and restrictions to allow federal agencies to administer more grant money to directly combat opioids.
Some officials believe Trump’s order is “less sweeping” than originally thought to be. In August, Trump promised reporters that he would declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency.”
A “national emergency” would allow the federal government to utilize funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief fund. A senior Trump administration official said that FEMA money is meant for natural disasters, not health emergencies, .
The order will last 90 days, and can be renewed for an additional 90 days if the President believes it is necessary.
Acclaimed singer and pianist Fats Domino dies
Domino’s traditional rhythm and blues style and signature piano performances made him one of the most popular artists of the 1950s and ‘60s. He amassed , and was a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s 1986 inaugural class.
Joe Girardi out as Yankees’ manager
The New York Yankees announced Thursday that Joe Girardi will not be returning as manager.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recommended the change to owner Hal Steinbrenner, . Girardi has served as the team’s manager for 10 seasons, and just completed the final year of his four year, $16 million contract.
"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization," Cashman said Thursday in a statement. "Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position.
Under Girardi, the Yankees reached the playoffs six times, including a World Series Championship in 2009. During the 2017 season, the Yankees reached the AL Championship Series for the first time since the 2012.