Tue, Dec. 5, 2017: Trump hails tax bill as ‘fantastic for middle class,’ lunches with GOP senators

President Trump is having lunch with Senate Republicans at the White House.

The president said in remarks before their lunch in the Roosevelt Room that they’re going to discuss the conference committee negotiations over the GOP tax overhaul, which he called the “mixer.”

“It’s a fantastic bill for the middle class,” Mr. Trump said, adding that it will also spur job growth and benefit companies wanting to bring back money from overseas. “I view it as a tremendous bill for jobs and the middle class.”

Mr. Trump said that other issues on the agenda are trade and NAFTA negotiations. He said that there have been “tremendous losses” with Mexico and Canada. He said, for example, that the U.S. lost about $71 billion in trade deficit with Mexico last year and $17 billion with Canada.

The president expressed confidence that congressional Republicans would reach a bicameral agreement on taxes soon.

“I think something is going to be coming out of conference pretty quickly,” he said. “There’s a great spirit in the Republican Party like they’ve never seen before.”

On the question of Roy Moore’s Senate candidacy, Mr. Trump added that Republicans don’t want a “liberal Democrat” elected in the special election in Alabama next week. The president on Monday endorsed GOP candidate Moore, who faces sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations involving underage women when he was in his 30s.

–CBS News,  Rebecca Sheard

Thur, Nov 2, 2017: Trump meets with Republican legislative leaders (readout)

Remarks by President Trump at Meeting with House Republican Leaders and Republican Members of the House Ways and Means Committee

Cabinet Room

1:56 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. I’d like to thank the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee who are here today to discuss the incredible plan to cut taxes. Now, it’s reform and it’s lots of other things, but we’re cutting taxes. It’ll be the biggest tax cut in our history.

There’s nothing more important to our economy. We see what’s happening with our economy and how well it’s doing. This is going to really bring it to the next level.

Before we begin, I want to make a very brief announcement. I had an excellent meeting today with Chairman Grassley and other lawmakers on immigration reform following the terrorist attack in New York. I’m calling on Congress to immediately terminate the diversity visa lottery program. It’s a disaster for our country.

This program grants visas not on a basis of merit, but simply because applicants are randomly selected in an annual lottery. And the people put in that lottery are not that country’s finest. We know that the program presents significant vulnerabilities to our national security. It’s a very unsafe program for our country, and we’re not going to allow it to happen, and end that program. So I think Congress will take that up very quickly.

Additionally, Congress must end chain migration so that we can have a system that is security-based, not the way it is now. And we want a system, ultimately, that’s merit-based so we can bring in people that will help our country, grow our country, and be safe for our country. We want to select people based on their ability to contribute to our country, not choose people randomly — we have no idea who they are — or based on extended family connections. You have people bringing in 24, 25, 26 people when they come in. We have to end chain migration.

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Tue, Oct 24, 2017: Trump meets with Senate Republicans on tax reform

President Donald Trump began talks with Republican senators on Tuesday to try to build consensus for proposed tax cuts in a meeting that was overshadowed by an exchange of insults between the president and one of the lawmakers.

Trump has asked his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass a package of tax cuts, including a deep reduction in the corporate income tax, by year’s end.

But hours before he was to promote the tax plan at a weekly lunch for Republican senators on Capitol Hill, Trump engaged in a distracting tussle with one of those lawmakers: Bob Corker, a leading fiscal hawk and the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Continue reading “Tue, Oct 24, 2017: Trump meets with Senate Republicans on tax reform”

Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers

President Donald Trump is discussing border security and other measures that the White House wants to see included in an immigration bill during a dinner with Republican lawmakers on Monday, an administration official said.

Legal authority to close border security “loopholes” and other immigration reform measures were on the agenda for the dinner between Trump and House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the official said.

Other attendees included Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers”

Wed, July 19, 2017: Trump urges Republicans to continue negotiations for healthcare bill

President Trump ordered senators back to the negotiating table on Wednesday for a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, just one day after angrily accepting the measure’s demise and vowing to allow President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement to crater.

Mr. Trump, staring down a high-profile defeat on an issue that has confounded him and defied Republican consensus, told the party’s senators they must not leave Washington without acting on a measure to roll back Mr. Obama’s health law and replace it with something better. Simply repealing the bill without an alternative would increase the number of people without health insurance by 17 million in 2018, a figure that would jump to 32 million in 2026, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

At a White House lunch, Mr. Trump warned the senators that any who stood in the way would be telling voters that they backed the current, “failed” program.

“I intend to keep my promise, and I know you will, too,” Mr. Trump told them, trying to resurrect a measure that appeared dead on Monday night, after a third and fourth Republican senator declared their opposition. That death was followed on Tuesday by an 11th-hour effort to force a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, but that, too, failed when three Republican senators came out against it.

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Tue, July 18, 2017: Trump says he ‘won’t own’ collapse of healthcare bill, plans to let Obamacare ‘fail’

The Republican bid to repeal and replace Obamacare  collapsed on Monday.

Trump was prepared to shoulder no blame for the failure of the bill on Tuesday, and warned he would now simply let Obamacare fail.

“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us,” Trump told reporters at the White House.


Tue, June 27, 2017: Trump meets with Republican senators on healthcare bill

After a setback for the Republican agenda Tuesday, President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic tone on reaching an agreement on an Obamacare replacement.

At a White House meeting with GOP senators, Trump shrugged off the Senate delaying a vote on its health-care bill, saying “we’re getting very close” to striking a deal despite remaining disagreements. But he sent mixed signals on the Senate’s ability to reach an agreement and “solve” Obamacare, which he said was “melting down.”

“This will be great if we get it done. And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK, and I understand that very well. But I think we have to do something very, very important for the public,” Trump said, while flanked by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two GOP swing votes on health care.

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Tue, June 6, 2017: Trump meets with Republican leaders to put together legislative agenda

Amid low approval ratings, disputatious tweet storms, and the looming congressional testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, President Trump is trying to move forward on something basic to all administrations: A legislative agenda.

Trump held meetings Wednesday with Republican members of Congress to try to build momentum on proposals such as health care, which is stalled on Capitol Hill, and his highly-touted tax reform plan and infrastructure upgrades, which don’t yet have any specific bills written to allow them to move through Congress.

“We’re going to get to work and get it done,” Trump said at a meeting with GOP House and Senate leaders, pledging action on health care, tax reform, infrastructure, and border security, including a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

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