I’m begiinning to think SOMEONE has been working on Donald J. Trump’s view of how Congress works….
Strung by several attempts to get things done within the confines of his own adopted Grand Ole party?
He is once again saying that he wants BOTH parties to take a crack at tax (cuts) reform……
This isn’t gonna make Republicans happy….
They don’t want to go back and bring the Democrats on board….
But them doing things by themselves ?……Ain’ t working….
President Donald Trump suggested at a meeting with senators Wednesday that the Senate create a bipartisan working group for tax reform, surprising Republicans who’ve been planning to pass a party-line bill, senators said afterward.
As the Senate worked to advance a budget that would set up a partisan tax reform bill on Wednesday, the president repeatedly indicated at a lunch with senators from both parties that he wanted a bipartisan process headed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), senators said. While everyone in the room nodded along with Trump’s hopes for bipartisanship, there was no agreement among senators to actually create such a group, which is viewed by some Republicans as redundant to the existing Finance Committee.
“The president basically asked them to work on that,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). But “that’s what we do as a (finance) committee. I don’t really personally see the benefit of creating additional structure. I think we’ve got all the tools we need.”
Republicans already have a partisan tax framework to reduce corporate rates, alter individual tax brackets and increase the standard deduction. Democrats largely oppose this plan, and Republicans are skeptical that opening it up to new negotiations would pay any dividends. Cornyn said he is “always” skeptical of Democrats being serious about negotiating with the GOP on a tax plan…..