Gohmert: Senate Will Lose Majority If It Fails Health, Tax Reform

Gohmert: Senate Will Lose Majority If It Fails Health, Tax Reform

Their initial plan to get it done this fall is extremely optimistic. Expect the same with tax reform. The last time it was signed into law was in 1986.

Tax reform can work politically, the classic example being the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

"The fact that Congress didn't act earlier this month doesn't mean the problem goes away".

"Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed", Deason said.

The normally reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kept his head down.

Have you ever actually changed someone's mind about health care? .

Last week saw the introduction of a couple of immigration bills - but the mainstream, bipartisan compromise looks different, pairing enhanced border protection with a pathway for legal status for people now in the country.

Meanwhile, videos from inside the events show locals appearing dumbfounded and frustrated by Republicans' responses as to their stalled agenda six months into holding power in both houses, and their policies on issues such as health care and the environment.

But to use reconciliation, Congress would first have to pass a budget for 2018. For seven years, they tried to repeal it. But why the stark party-line divide here?

The congressman said that if Congress can pass tax reform, "the business community can take off".

But Republicans, especially fiscal conservatives, want to see spending cuts to go along with any debt increase. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the health committee chairman, is working with Democrats on potential measures to shore up the health care law. His strategy reduces the universe of possible votes to the 52 Republican senators. John McCain's thumb.For another thing, we are relieved by Republican leaders' resistance to Trump's push for a restart of repeal efforts that have consumed so much congressional time while producing nothing.And for a third and most meaningful thing, we are encouraged by the recent, remarkable reactions of prominent Republicans - including Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, who represents part of Berks County - to the president's threat to withhold crucial funding to the state-exchange markets. The tax credits help stabilize insurance costs.

Tax reform poses as many challenges for Republicans as health care, if not more.

CNN reported that GOP donors have started to withhold funds and donations after the GOP controlled Senate could not repeal and replace Obamacare.

Several Republicans who expressed uncertainty about the upcoming monthlong trip back home have yet to schedule town halls. But that looks highly unlikely.

Opposition to Obamacare had been an effective political foil for Republicans because it offered Republicans an opportunity to reach beyond their base and secure support from bread and butter voters who had been "losers" under the previous President's signature legislation. The uncertainty could put the Republicans' majority-especially in the House of Representatives-at risk.

How to pay for it?

The unpredictable McCain had not committed to one side of the other, had given mixed signals about his intentions and held his cards close to his chest until the very last moment. Whether Hatch likes it or not, other stuff is going to have to happen.

Are the Republicans taking a page out of the Democrats' playbook and now counting on the alleged "stupidity of the American people" to give them a pass and retain their majority?

If they choose not to lay out ways to make up the revenue, then that could spark pushback not only from Democrats, but also from conservative Republicans and deficit hawks.

Note his language. It was not simply "cut taxes" but "cut middle-class taxes".

The American people are not stupid and they are paying attention like never before, because this has directly affected their wallets and their families like never before. The members of the bipartisan group acknowledged that they differed on the scope of the guardrails that should be established.

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