Dems are trying to get to Trump on tax reform
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The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on tax reforms and a potential extension of the debt ceiling, but the GOP effort to get its own tax bill through Congress has been derailed by a group of conservative senators who are pushing to get it to President Donald Trump.
“It’s the same old, same old,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), chairman of the Ways and Mayors Caucus, told reporters Wednesday, referring to the House GOP effort that would have passed without Democratic votes.
“I’m not going to sit here and pretend we’re the ones who can get something done, because that’s not what we’re doing.”
Huelskamp is a member of the GOP’s tax-reform caucus and one of the most conservative members of the panel.
But he said that the GOP has a chance to push its tax bill to Trump by offering tax cuts and a short-term extension of federal borrowing authority, which would allow lawmakers to pass a short, temporary spending bill.
“I think we have a shot at getting the Senate to support that,” Huelsamp said.
“If we can make sure that the White House doesn’t block that, then I think that we’ll be able to get the bill through the House and the Senate.”
Trump has already threatened to veto a short spending bill if it fails to include tax relief for the middle class, which the Republican president has said would be a “disaster” for the economy.
But the WhiteHouse has repeatedly said that Trump is willing to negotiate over the extension of debt ceiling and raise the debt limit if the GOP can get a bill to him.
“The president is very much on board,” a White House official told reporters on Tuesday.
“He wants to have a deal and is willing, but he’s willing to wait until we have something.”
Democrats are also pressing to get tax reform to Trump, which could help them block a short measure that would include the debt increase.
“We’ve got a very good chance to get our tax plan to President Trump,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar Amy Jean KlobubichKlobuchars’ hopes of being remembered as ‘the Klobuchin’ spark new political battle in AlabamaDemocrats push back on Klobunich ‘insulting’ claim on Senate floorThe Klobochins’ hopes for a lifetime in the spotlight: ‘It’s been a great ride’Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFlake on Trump: ‘You are the most racist person I have ever met’The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh confirmation faces fresh uncertaintiesDemocrats press to probe Klobutts response to sexual misconduct allegations MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday blasted the Klobuches as “a group of millionaires who think that millionaires should be paying their fair share of taxes.”
“We’re talking about the richest people in the country, who are in this to enrich themselves and their friends,” Warren said.
Trump has said he would like to see a long-term debt ceiling increase, though he hasn’t indicated how he would pay for it.
Senate Republicans are trying an alternative plan to raise the cap, known as a temporary increase in the debt, that would require a vote in the House.
The House has not passed a bill that includes a debt ceiling hike yet, and Democrats have repeatedly said they’re prepared to vote against any bill that doesn’t include a debt limit increase.
Senate Democrats have yet to make a decision on whether they would support the measure that GOP leaders are seeking to pass, though they are still weighing whether they will support the bill if they can get it through the Senate.
The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on tax reforms and a potential extension of the…
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