Sources say Trump, Hill lead­ers to meet next Wed­nes­day

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will meet next week with House and Se­nate lead­ers at the White House, con­gres­sional aides said Wed­nes­day, as law­mak­ers re­turn from Au­gust break to face a pile of leg­isla­tive bills they must tackle and pur­sue a goal that Trump and Repub­li­cans covet: Tax cuts.

The meet­ing fol­lows a re­cess that has seen Trump lam­bast sev­eral top Repub­li­cans, es­pe­cially Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., after the col­lapse of the GOP health care bill in his cham­ber. That has wounded the pres­i­dent’s re­la­tion­ship with his own party, and the com­ing weeks should of­fer a test of how much clout he has with fel­low Repub­li­cans.

McCon­nell is sched­uled to at­tend next Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s White House meet­ing. Also go­ing are House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Fol­low­ing the crash of their health care bill, most Repub­li­cans — in­clud­ing Trump — want to move on to a sweep­ing re­vamp of the tax code.

Their goal is to in­clude a re­duc­tion in rates for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als while not re­duc­ing fed­eral deficits — a dif­fi­cult bal­anc­ing act.

Like the push to re­peal for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law, that ef­fort is likely to en­counter strong Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion and di­vi­sions among Repub­li­cans, leav­ing its fate un­cer­tain.

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