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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
House Floor Schedule
Trump scrambles tax reform debate
President Trump is scrambling the politics of tax reform.
Republicans in Congress have been driving the process with little input from Democrats, but Trump’s surprise debt-and-spending pact this week has both parties wondering if things are about to change.
The president’s comments and those by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday give an opening for Democrats.
“The president is committed to moving legislation through,” Sanders said. “He wants Congress to act. He’s happy to have Democrats be part of that.”
Bannon: Hill Republicans said Obamacare would be replaced by Easter
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Republicans in Congress assured President Donald Trump that repealing and replacing Obamacare would be a quick process.
In an interview on Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes” on CBS, Bannon said congressional Republicans pledged to Trump they would be able to eliminate the Affordable Care Act by Easter — a timetable the Trump administration agreed to so it could move on to other matters.
“Paul Ryan and these guys come in and said, ‘We’ve done this for seven years. We’ve voted on this 50 times. We understand this issue better than anybody. We know how to repeal and we know how to replace, and this is ours. That’s what we’re going to start with day one, and we will have something on your desk by Easter,’ ” said Bannon, explaining the proposal from Capitol Hill.
Trump’s deal with Democrats bolsters Ryan — for now
Donald Trump’s deal with Democrats last week — the latest setback for House Republicans in a year filled with disappointment — has opened a new rift within the GOP Conference over whether their president or their speaker is to blame.
Some House conservatives have begun questioning Paul Ryan’s leadership after Republicans were forced to swallow a vote to increase the debt ceiling without corresponding spending cuts. Freedom Caucus leaders, already upset that Congress wasted months on the failed bid to repeal Obamacare, cornered Ryan (R-Wis.) last Wednesday to tell him he needed to change his approach.
Some of them believe Ryan should have done more to sell Trump on a conservative alternative to the Democrats’ offer.
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