McConnell Says Democrats' Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature

Independent Trump confuses GOP

Independent Trump confuses GOP

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose desire for a longer extension of the debt ceiling was rejected by the president last week, claimed that the deal Trump struck was good for Republicans.

But those two words - "tax reform" - mean much different things to Democrats and Republicans, just like the three word phrase, 'health care reform, ' making bipartisanship much more hard to formulate.

Heitkamp traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One last week when he spoke broadly about the tax plan in her home state of North Dakota. "But I'm also someone who wants to be realistic about all of this, and not let this just be party time that takes us no place but massive deficits down the road".

In fact, Mr. McConnell said, the debt limit will not have to be increased until well into 2018, taking that volatile subject off the table for the December spending talks, and eliminating the Democrats' most risky bargaining chip in the first round of negotiations.

The president's bipartisan push was already on display last week in North Dakota, where the president made a public show of bringing along the state's Democratic Sen. Trump adds his twist that lower taxes will get corporations to stop moving jobs overseas and start building things in the United States. The latter meeting's objective would be to try kick starting an effort to coalesce around the budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

"Triangulation" - working with the opposition party to enact legislation - became a signature feature of the Clinton White House after the Democrats lost control of Congress. "Passing tax reform, which hasn't been done in 31 years, that is a win", he said.

"I've talked with President Trump before about my proposal to address the outsourcing of American jobs", Donnelly said in a statement.

One source said they fear if they don't move forward with the bill soon, they are "setting up a situation where Nancy Pelosi is going to write the budget and she's going to write the tax reform bill and Trump is going to go along with whatever tax-reform, tax-cut bill that Senate Democrats can get out of the Senate". "So, yes. without the debt limit, we have leverage - leverage in the sense that they need our votes", Hoyer said.

At the Monitor breakfast Tuesday, Trump's legislative affairs director made clear that the president doesn't see himself as a Republican first.

"I don't know if we'll be able to achieve that given the budget issues", said Mnuchin.

Toomey told reporters after the two-hour gathering that it was a "constructive" evening in which the three Democratic legislators in attendance signaled openness to considering a "considerably" lower top tax rate on American businesses. 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. Trump has been in office for eight months and the GOP has failed to give him even one major legislative victory. Seventeen GOP senators voted against the debt/ disaster/spending bill. Mr. Trump and his administration pushed back against the idea siding with the Democrats; signing a law free from fiscal restraints.

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