- 12:48 pm Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A day after seemingly endorsing a legislative effort in Congress to formally approve money for insurance companies that would pay for health insurance subsidies for certain consumers, President Donald Trump indicated on Wednesday that while he backed the idea of bipartisan negotiations related to the Obama health law, he did not support a deal on “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments, which he moved to cut off last Thursday.
“If something can happen that’s fine,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a White House photo op about a plan worked out by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
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- 2:00 am Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump urged conservative activists on Tuesday night to help lobby Senators in favor of a GOP tax reform package, as despite some infighting, Republicans seemed like they would be able to approve a budget outline this week in the Senate, a plan which would allow for future legislative action on a tax bill – without the threat of a Senate filibuster.
“Let’s give our country the best Christmas present of all – massive tax relief,” the President said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, where his vow of big tax cuts drew large cheers from the audience.
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- 2:33 pm Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Key Senators say they have reached a deal – backed by the President – which would fund payments to health insurance companies for two years, while also giving states more flexibility in how they deal with the underlying requirements of the Obama health law. But some Republicans quickly raised red flags, as the President again said he wants to see major changes – not short-term tinkering – in Obamacare.
“While I commend the bipartisan work done by Senators Alexander and Murray – and I do commend it – I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the Obamacare [More]
- 8:40 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more in the years ahead.
At issue is the “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments that had been made by the Obama and Trump Administrations – that money helps subsidize insurance costs of some consumers in the Obamacare exchanges.
Those payments were never expressly approved by [More]
- 3:02 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With a lot of work still needed in Congress on key items of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Mr. Trump met for lunch on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving off no signs of any ill will despite some sparring in the past, as both men vowed to push ahead on plans for major tax cuts and reform, emphasizing the need to get that done by the end of 2017.
“We’re fighting for the same thing – we’re fight for lower taxes, big tax cuts – the biggest tax cuts in the history of our nation,” the President said [More]
- 12:59 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare dead, as he urged Republicans in Congress to lead the way on solutions to overhaul the Obama health law, and to find a way to deliver a major tax reform package as well, making clear that he should not be blamed for any of the legislative miscues by GOP leaders in the House and Senate.
“I’m not going to blame myself – I’ll be honest,” the President told reporters, as he pointed the finger of blame directly at the Congress. “They are not getting the job done.”
“I’m not happy about it,” Mr. Trump said, [More]
- 4:00 am Monday, October 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the U.S. Senate returns to work in Washington, D.C. from a ten day break, President Donald Trump is ready to again publicly press the Congress for action on a sweeping package of tax cuts, meeting on Monday to talk strategy with the top Republican in the Senate, as the GOP continues to quietly put together the details of a tax reform package behind closed doors.
“I really think that we’ve gotta do the most we can,” on tax reform, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who played golf with Mr. Trump on Sunday at the President’s golf course in Virginia.
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- 6:03 pm Saturday, October 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
While President Donald Trump and Republicans in the Congress continue to call for approval of the first major tax reforms since 1986, the GOP still has not released a piece of legislation with all of the many details of what would actually be changed in the tax code, leading Capitol Hill reporters on a daily trek to see what they can squeeze out of Republican lawmakers about the plan.
Often, it isn’t much.
“Congressman, how much is the child tax credit going to be increased by?” asked one reporter in a scrum just off the House floor.
“Why would I tell you that?” [More]
- 4:18 pm Friday, October 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Already asking Congress to approve landmark tax reforms, a controversial package of health care changes, and a series of hot button immigration actions, President Donald Trump on Friday added yet another major item to the Congressional to-do list in 2017, urging lawmakers to pass new legislation in coming weeks adding conditions to the Iran nuclear deal.
“The flaws in the deal also include insufficient enforcement and near total silence on Iran’s missile programs,” the President declared, bluntly warning that if Congress did not act, he might tear up the Iran agreement on his own.
If there was one theme this week across [More]
- 11:36 pm Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after President Donald Trump unveiled a series of executive actions that could force changes in the Obama health law, the White House announced late Thursday night that it would end the practice of making government “cost-sharing reduction” payments to health insurance companies, which help pay the insurance costs of low income Americans who get health coverage through the Obamacare exchanges.
“Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare,” the White House said in a statement, pressing for [More]