Senate Democrats Spell Out Conditions on Bipartisan Tax Reform

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 5, 2017

In the battle over the Affordable Care Act, even potentially vulnerable Democratic senators from states that the president won previous year held firm in their opposition to the repeal of the health care law. Kristine Grow, spokeswoman for the insurance industry group America's Health Insurance Plans, said Monday that halting the federal payments would boost premiums for people buying individual policies by 20 percent.

Into the fray has stepped Sen. The move - by Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen.

Three Democrats did not sign onto Mr. Schumer's new letter. Patty Murray of Washington state, on a bill next month that would pay insurers through 2018.

The lawmakers spoke after last week's stunning crash of the GOP's drive to tear down President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and replace it with their vision of more limited federal programs.

Overall, as Republicans took stock of the past seven months of control of the House and Senate under the Trump administration, the mood was glum.

Republican leaders in Congress, however, face a pair of deadlines that are delaying any action on taxes.

But so far Democrats have largely been excluded from the process. "But I'm going to try to break through and get this done". Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a committee member.

"Trump will be forced to be more bipartisan for a range of issues but his base will remain Republican and the overwhelming bulk of his initiatives will be unacceptable to the left", Gingrich said.

It's no question the president's relationship with the RNC has had its share of ups and downs, but the relationship mostly mended after Trump won the nomination and ultimately the presidency, largely in part due to the RNC's ground game operation. Conservatives are reluctant to continue payments to help sustain a law the GOP has pledged for years to toss out.

The White House says the fight over health care is not over, but on Capitol Hill, Republicans are ready to move on. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. "I don't know if I want to prop it up". "And I think it's also something that begins to re-establish the reputation for independence in the Department of Justice".

Obama's law requires insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and copayments for millions of low- and middle-income customers.

Also ominous are the party's rifts over funding the government near-term and avoiding October 1 federal agency shutdowns.

Senate Republicans have more wiggle room than initially thought to revive a filibuster-proof Obamacare repeal bill, even as they turn their attention to tax reform, lawmakers and staffers told Bloomberg BNA.

Mulvaney has "got a big job, he ought to do that job and let us do our jobs", Cornyn said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said shortly after voting concluded that he hoped Thursday's bipartisan showing would mark the "way forward on confirming the nominees so our gov't can be fully staffed".

"As I've said before tax reform is a major priority of ours and we will be proceeding with it", Mnuchin said after the meeting.

If the GOP divisions persist, McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., might have to decide whether to have votes on legislation opposed by substantial numbers of Republicans.

In the wake of Trump's surprising victory, Democratic leaders are convinced that reclaiming their 20th-century mantle as the party of the working class is essential to their future electoral success.

Democrats also voiced opposition to Republicans passing a tax bill using reconciliation, a procedural maneuver that would allow the GOP to bypass Democratic support.

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