Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Schumer blasts Trump's proposal to eliminate the estate tax

President Donald Trump is poised to host six senators from both parties for a bipartisan working dinner Tuesday, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

Invited lawmakers reportedly include Donnelly and Democratic Sens.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of IN were joined at dinner by Republican Sens.

Last week Heitkamp accompanied the president on Air Force One when he delivered a speech on taxes in North Dakota.

House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, said he intends to hold a vote on a budget Thursday, Sept. 14.

The president lumped McCaskill in the camp of "obstructionists" he said are thwarting his agenda. During a White House meeting last week, Sen. McCasklill missed an initial meet-and-greet Trump had with senators in February because she had conflicts with Missouri teachers attending a meeting here. It wasn't too long ago when Trump was ripping "Lyin' Chuck;" now they're old NY buddies.

Critics of former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon hoped against hope that when he left the Trump administration and returned to Breitbart News, the controversy surrounding him would leave as well.

"We're trying to put it together so both the House and the Senate can work together on it", Hatch said. He was confirmed, 54-45, with Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin the only three Democrats voting yes. Chuck Schumer, of NY, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, of California, to extend the government's debt limit for three months.

McCaskill was one of the 45 Democratic Senators to sign that letter. The corporate tax rates would also get a cut, from 35 percent now and go down as low as 15 percent.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested in an interview published Tuesday that Democrats might have celebrated excessively over their fiscal deal with President Donald Trump.

Democratic leadership, on the other hand, was happy to take Trump's 3-month debt extension plan (over the Republican's original 18-month plan), although the rank and file are displeased that Trump's deal with their leadership didn't come with more perks for them. So why should anyone be surprised that he's getting all chummy now with what he calls "Chuck and Nancy" (as in Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi)?

"I love President Trump, and I'm with him probably 90 or 95 percent of the time, but I don't think it's appropriate to raise the debt ceiling with $19 trillion public debt and not have any effort to change the way we spend money here in Washington", said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, who voted against the measure. But even with an increasingly stacked legislative calendar going into the end of the year, Mnuchin maintained his position that the Republicans would pass tax reform by the end of the year.

"I'm committed to fixing our broken tax code, and making sure it encourages workers, their families, and our businesses", Heitkamp said afterward in a statement.

'Despite promises of commitments that they've made to voters since 2010, we don't feel like we can assume that we can get tax reform done strictly on a partisan basis, ' Marc Short, the president's legislative affairs director, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast this morning.

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