Trump's tax-reform pitch is entirely divorced from reality

Independent Trump confuses GOP

Trump Makes 'Friends' Outside GOP

After critics have spent most of 2017 harping on the Republicans' failure to reach across the aisle, Trump gave Democrats what they wanted at a time when Congress needed to raise the debt ceiling to avoid financial default, needed to pass spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and needed to provide financial aid to areas hit hard by natural disaster. President Trump won all but New Jersey and Virginia in November, taking the Second Congressional District in ME for the first time for a Republican since the 1980s.

But some Republicans fear the Democrats will be able to use their negotiating clout in early December to resist changes on key tax issues, especially the corporate tax rate, which Mr Trump wants to cut from 35 percent to 15 percent. The measure is something of a touchstone for liberal Democrats, and on Tuesday Sen.

"If I was in [Short's] shoes, I could easily be telling the president that the Republican leadership has nothing to offer you but apologies, because they can't implement anything that you want", says Patrick Griffin, who served as President Bill Clinton's liaison to Capitol Hill.

"He got rolled", Hume said.

The Democrats hail from states Trump won in November, and the White House is interested in getting their support for a tax bill. The latter meeting's goal would be to try kick starting an effort to coalesce around the budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. The Freedom Caucus, made up of the most conservative Republican congressmen in the country, stands out as the major roadblock to legislative success.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP committee members are meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Some House Republicans are already frustrated by a lack of details on tax reform from the administration.

"I think that the president first and foremost - rather than party affiliation - looks at what he can do best for the American people and to fulfill the promises he made on the campaign trail", Short said. 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 we Democrats will not go along with a tax plan that includes a tax cut for those who need it least", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.

But while the White House has talked about working with Democrats on tax reform and infrastructure, there still is no legislation to be voted on by lawmakers in the House and Senate.

"I'm hopeful but there's no white smoke or there's nothing done but we'll see where this leads in the coming 48 hours", Malloy said. "We're not going to let it happen".

Republicans are shocked. Really?

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. At that point, Jordan pointed out, there was a pressing need to finalize the debt ceiling increase quickly and also find funds to address the damage wrecked by Hurricane Harvey. He's focused on "what he can do for the American people".

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