With Bipartisan Meetings, Trump Gets Momentum on Tax Reform

By NTK Staff | 09.13.2017 @11:00am
With Bipartisan Meetings, Trump Gets Momentum on Tax Reform

The president met with Republican and Democratic senators on Tuesday, and is meeting with moderate House members on Wednesday. The subject? Tax reform.

President Trump met with six senators for dinner at the White House on Tuesday, with bipartisan tax reform the subject of the night.

Among the attendees were Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and John Thune (R-SD) on the Republican side, and Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the Democratic side.

Donnelly, Heitkamp, and Manchin are all up for re-election next year in states Trump won in last year’s presidential election.

Both Trump and Democratic senators seem to think the meeting went well, though. The White House said, in a statement, that the dinner was “highly productive,” according to Reuters.

Trump sought to keep the momentum going on Wednesday morning, with a tweet urging Congress to “[m]ove fast!”

Trump will also meet with moderate members of the lower chamber on Wednesday. From ABC News:

A number of leading moderate House Democrats have been invited to participate in a bipartisan roundtable with President Trump Wednesday afternoon.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, a leader of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, said the White House legislative affairs office invited him and other members to discuss health care, tax reform and infrastructure Wednesday afternoon.

The Democratic senators from Tuesday’s dinner, for their part, all had positive words coming out of the meeting:

 

Trump will need at least 50 votes in support of tax reform in the Senate. If all 52 Republicans support the effort, having these three Democrats would give Trump a comfortable 55-vote win.

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