The House’s passage of legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare has thrown a new curve into Republicans’ efforts to overhaul the tax code. The vote, which came just a week after the White House rolled out its tax reform plan, took much of official Washington by surprise. A previous attempt to muscle through the legislation had failed in March.
Lobbyists began the year with high expectations for a Republican-controlled government, but many are recalibrating after a rocky start for President Trump’s agenda. Most Republican lobbyists who spoke to The Hill said Republicans still have plenty of time to rack up big legislative wins, even if the road ahead is a tough one.
The ads come less than 24 hours after the CBO released its much-anticipated report showing that 24 million people could lose their health insurance within 10 years. One GOP health care lobbyist, Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, said he doubts the report will do much to affect the bill’s chances of passing the House.
The homebuilders lobby fears that an ambitious rewrite of the entire tax code will stifle the housing market. Retailers fret that it will make the cost of their imports soar. For charities and their representatives, the worry is that donations will be stunted, plaguing nonprofit groups that serve the neediest Americans.
President Trump’s agenda is getting off to a slow start in Congress, as GOP lawmakers search for a path forward on ObamaCare replacement bill and push other big-ticket items to the back burner. Republicans have unified control of government for the first time in a decade, giving them a rare opportunity to enact the kinds of sweeping policy changes that they have long dreamed about.
Two Republican senators this week presented an alternative healthcare plan, the Patient Freedom Act, that provides states with the choice between keeping the Affordable Care Act or opting out of the law entirely.
Donald Trump’s best day as a presidential candidate — prior to Nov. 8, of course — was May 18, 2016. That was the day Trump released the names of 11 people he would consider for the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Antonin Scalia.
Donald Trump was elected president on a pledge to shake up the cozy club of political Washington. And, judging from his most important decisions in this presidential transition period — his nominees to serve in his Cabinet — Trump is making good on that pledge.