Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump quarreled with Republicans over opposition

Trump quarreled with Republicans over opposition

President Donald Trump is ratcheting up the pressure on Democrats to support a sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax code following his surprise deal with the party's leaders to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government and fast-track hurricane relief.

"They do have strong ideological aversions to Trump, but a lot of them come from districts where Trump is phenomenally popular", Wallach says.

But while Democrats are eager to come to an agreement on DACA, tax reform may be a much more hard bipartisan assignment for Mr. Trump, as lawmakers in both parties have sharply divergent views on what changes need to be made. On Tuesday evening, the president and vice president are hosting a dinner with both Republican and Democratic senators.

"Although elected as a Republican previous year, Mr. Trump has shown in the almost eight months in office that he is, in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War", Baker wrote. "We've got a ton of work that's been going into this - numerous meetings, staff's been working, drafting getting scores that sort of thing", he said. Trump adds his twist that lower taxes will get corporations to stop moving jobs overseas and start building things in the United States. Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker penned a piece on Saturday suggesting as much. Congress took just three days to push the legislation through.

And, again, a standoff would have left Trump and the GOP Congress looking utterly self-absorbed in face of what will now be hundreds of billions of dollars in damage from Harvey and Irma, on top of all the lives lost and disrupted.

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Republicans plan to use a process known as reconciliation to pass tax reform, which would only require approval by 50 senators. So, I don't think it's good for the American taxpayer.

"They have not passed a major fiscal bill without significant Democratic votes". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is hoping to limit the deficit cost of the tax effort, while Toomey is on the other end of the spectrum favoring more robust deficit-financed tax cuts. "So, yes. without the debt limit, we have leverage - leverage in the sense that they need our votes", Hoyer said.

"Millions of Americans have watched that prosperity slip away in the rear view mirror", President Trump said of the longtime Clinton ally. And it's entirely possible that Schumer and Pelosi would've increased their demands as time went on.

Seeing how the caucus reacted here reminds me of the 20 or so members of the Republican "Gang of No" in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Voters want to see him make deals with both sides because Trump's prism and the prism of his base is, "America First". Senator Strange faces a tough runoff in the Republican primary on September 26, and could well be defeated by conservative firebrand Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama. And in a closed-door House conference meeting last Friday, House Republicans laid into Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin after Mnuchin told the conference to vote for the debt ceiling bill "for me".

"I don't have any reason to think Paul Ryan is exceptionally gifted or bad at managing those tensions".

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