Month: March 2017
How Tax Reform Will Unfold: The political landscape in the wake of Trump-Ryan health bill’s demise

In evaluating where the White House and GOP congressional leaders will focus their efforts following the demise of Trump-Ryan health care reform, consider the following: $1 trillion in new infrastructure spending is a heavy lift due to significant conservative opposition to new spending and few indications of a move toward bipartisanship; and the White House budget plan calling for $54 billion in defense increases, offset by cuts to widely supported domestic programs, is a non-starter because adjusting the spending caps and enactment of Appropriations bills both require 60 votes in the Senate.

Therefore, tax reform is likely to be next in the legislative queue. White House and GOP Congressional leaders are likely to begin Tax Reform this Spring using the FY 2018 congressional budget process, to take advantage of Budget Reconciliation’s filibuster-proof fast-track in the Senate. Here’s how it works and what may be included in the tax bill...

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Essential Facts About the American Health Care Act (“Trump-Ryan”)

As the House prepares to vote on the American Health Care Act (HR 1628 “Trump-Ryan”), following are the essential facts about how the bill would change the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”): Background on US healthcare: About half of all Americans have employer-provided healthcare, which...

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Trump Budget Outline Calls for Massive Shift in Spending Priorities

The Trump Administration released a budget outline Thursday morning, addressing the 30% of the budget that is appropriated annually by Congress (i.e. defense and non-defense discretionary spending).  Proposals on entitlement programs and tax reform are expected to be released in May.   Link to Trump...

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