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Trump tries to fire up tax reform, health care agenda amid turmoil

Asked if he would support any tax cut, Cooper pointed to a child-care tax credit in his budget proposal, which he said would be the most important tax cut that could be provided for the middle class.”For what? We don’t even know”. While aides said some details are starting to take shape, conservatives are already raising red flags.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on the other hand, is a no, according to his SC colleague, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).At the White House, GOP congressional leaders and the president discussed their agenda, “to both get health care moved ultimately to the president’s desk and then to focus on cutting taxes and get the economy growing”, said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.And while Republicans sounded more optimistic about the bill’s chances coming out of the lunch meeting than going into it, many said they still had a long ways to go.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a vote is possible by July 4.”‘Cause this is not like fine wine, it doesn’t get better with age”, he added with a laugh.”Many in Washington and the media look at the huge health crises that we have facing Tennessee and the country today and they say, ‘we can’t afford to change our nation’s health care policies at a time like this, ‘” Price said at the event by Healthy Tennessee and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. “Decisions have to start being made in order to get the package ready”.Trump over the course of his roughly five months in office has expressed frustration with Congress – particularly over Ryan’s original and unsuccessful attempt to pass an ObamaCare overhaul bill and more recently over the Senate’s “antiquated” and painstakingly slow process. But lawmakers emerging from the room were tight-lipped about what exactly is on the table.Price blamed Washington and the media amid inaction on health care reform.”There is a concerted effort and will be a concerted effort to stabilize the market”, said Sen. “I’m looking for the small print”, he said.Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said it is important they try to pass a bill in the next few weeks even if the vote fails. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate. Patty Murray said. “And the minute they get 50 votes, this bill will be on the floor”.Lawmakers remain split over what to do about Medicaid. This rule allows the Senate to skip the committee process (goodbye full senate committee debate) and instead “fast-tracks” the bill by moving it on the senate calendar so it can be brought to a vote. Still, a more moderate bill from the Senate could win over some of the House moderates who voted against their own chamber’s bill.The House plan would give states a set amount of money each year to cover their Medicaid enrollees.House Republican leaders are asking senators to agree to remove more than $150 million they want to spend in Louisiana’s budget next year, the House’s initial offer in negotiations over a final version of the $28 billion-plus spending plan ahead of Thursday’s end of the legislative session.”There should be”, Republican Sen. “Alaska is an extreme outlier and part of it is just our geography, it’s our low-density population so if there is not some kind of geographic cost adjustor it makes it tough for me”. Both could balk at the more modest Medicaid cuts and the maintenance of certain taxes; they’ve already been cagey about where they now stand on the bill.The differing ideas reflect not only contrasts in policy but sensitivities to opposite ends of the political spectrum, with some concerned about an electoral backlash from centrist or left-leaning voters who oppose major changes to Obamacare and others anxious a less aggressive assault on the ACA will leave right-leaning opponents of the law dispirited.