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Muted backlash to Trump's bipartisanship signals warning for GOP

13 Septembre 2017

The relief package came as Hurricane Irma sweeps through Florida and clean-up efforts from Hurricane Harvey are quickly running out of money.

Further unsettling Republicans are reports that Trump's former adviser, Steve Bannon, plans to encourage primary campaigns against sitting Republican senators, including Dean Heller of Nevada, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

This poses a problem for Republicans, as there is now no such tax proposal in Congress. "Passing tax reform, which hasn't been done in 31 years, that is a win", he said.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell praised Trump's move to end the programme but made no promises that Congress would approve a legislative solution.

Meanwhile, the party in control of the White House has historically not fared well in midterm elections.

"This time around there is no room for error".

The Caucus leader, Jim Jordan said, "When you fail to prepare, you typically don't get the best outcome and you don't have the best choices at decision-making time - and that's exactly what played out". If Republicans don't get their save-their-skins-and-the-party tax plan, I suspect you'll see a bunch more congressional retirements, a whole lot of alt-right challengers and a really angry GOP donor community. "'You'll find out what's in it after we pass it'".

A White House official told reporters this morning that after the health care debacle this summer in the Senate, when a basic Obamacare repeal bill failed by a single vote, Republicans could not be counted on to single-handidly approve a tax reform bill.

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. Corporate profits hit new highs a year ago, and the S&P 500 corporations are devoting a record percentage of their earnings to buy back stocks, pay dividends and buy up competitors. The MAGA crowd wanted a disrupter, and they got one. John Thune of South Dakota, The Washington Post first reported.

On lowering the top corporate rate, Trump has called for decreasing it to 15 percent, down from the current 35 percent rate. For that, they'd need a budget resolution to attach the reconciliation instructions and meet the so-called Byrd Rule, which among other things prohibits any increase in the deficit beyond the 10-year window.

Tax cuts have become the GOP's MacGuffin. The last time there was a comprehensive, bipartisan rewrite of USA tax law was in 1986, and took more than two years of debate and negotiation.

At that meeting with the President, the group is expected to discuss Mr. Trump's push for tax reform, and his desire to solve the DACA situation involving illegal immigrant "Dreamers" who were brought to the minors. Yarmuth doubts Trump will end the program in six months, and he also said that recent developments have given Democrats enough leverage to demand a congressional solution for DREAMers.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of the three Democrats due to dine with Trump on Tuesday, said he is prepared to work with the president on taxes so long as it does not add new debt to the national balance sheet.

Muted backlash to Trump's bipartisanship signals warning for GOP