President Donald Trump has an interesting suggestion for a Congress that has not accomplished much when it comes to passing major legislation.
In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump was asked if he believes Congress should skip their holiday vacations. He said,”Well I think they should and I think they will.”
“I think a lot of things are happening unless, you know, it’s going to be right after that. But I don’t even like them leaving. But I will say this, I want to get it by the end of the year but I’d be very disappointed if it took that long,” the president added.
The president has implied that he would be willing to extend the timeline into 2018. The White House is hoping to pass tax reform legislation by Thanksgiving. So far, it doesn’t seem likely that Congress will be able to deliver. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus previously stated that if tax reform legislation is not passed by Thanksgiving, “it isn’t going to happen.”
Since the GOP maintained a majority in Congress in the 2016 elections, they have had numerous difficulties in getting important legislation passed. Republican lawmakers were elected in large part to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. So far, they have failed to fulfill their promise to their constituents.
Republicans in the House are being pressured by businesses and conservative groups to pass the Senate’s version of the 2018 budget quickly so they can focus on passing tax reform. However, if they pass the Senate’s budget, they would be giving up on implementing billions of dollars in spending cuts.
The president wants the House to pass the budget so that they can work on tax reform. “It could be substantially less than that depending on what happens when we send the bill back to the House,” Donald Trump said in the interview with Bartiromo. “You know, they’ll send it back and people are going to go and make 200 suggestions as opposed to maybe no suggestions because it’s a great bill. It’s going to be a great bill. And we’re adjusting.”
If the House is unable to pass tax reform legislation, they will have given up on a significant opportunity. This legislation would go through the reconciliation process that would be unlocked by passing the Senate’s budget. If this happens, it would keep Democratic lawmakers from filibustering.
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Tax reform was another promise that was made by the GOP during the 2016 election. If they fail to pass this legislation, it will represent yet another broken promise — and it could hurt them in the next election.
Hopefully, the GOP’s streak of failed legislation will end with tax reform. If Republican lawmakers want to hold on to their seats, they need a significant win — and soon. The voters who elected them are not going to be happy when they find out that their officials are not doing what the voters wanted when they cast their votes. If they are smart, Republican lawmakers will listen to them.