Trump woos Democrats on tax reform, departing from health care strategy

President Trump is courting support from congressional Democrats as his administration looks ahead to tax reform and key fiscal deadlines this winter, departing from the Republicans’ failed go-it-alone strategy during the Obamacare repeal debate earlier this year. 

The president dined Tuesday with a trio of red-state Democrats – Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin – in an effort to enlist their support for tax proposals. And on the heels of that meeting, Mr. Trump is scheduled to have dinner Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, with whom he recently reached a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. On the menu for their next meeting: a discussion of fall legislative deadlines, immigration action, and health care market stabilization.

Of course, these efforts to woo Democrats might well yield nothing. The president could ditch these new negotiating partners, the congressional GOP could decide to cut Democrats out of the legislative process, and Democrats themselves could decide to withhold further cooperation. But it’s worth noting the contrast between the earlier, partisan approach to health care and the outreach that’s currently happening on taxes and spending.

“I think they’re very aggressive on this,” Manchin said of the White House approach to tax reform in an interview Wednesday with CBS This Morning. “They want it done and they want it in a bipartisan way. I thought it was very good for them to reach out to us.”

“This the first time that I’ve gone to a personal sit-down dinner” at the White House, Manchin added.

During this spring’s health care debate, Manchin – perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, and one of Republicans’ top targets for crossover support – said hadn’t even received an invitation to speak with President Trump, much less dine…

Read more from the source…

Back to Top