McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

Democrats unanimously oppose the AHCA and Senate Republicans are divided over the bill.

As budget negotiations continue in Olympia, small business owners are supporting House Democrats' plan to restructure the business and occupation tax.

The filibuster allows senators to hold up legislation without a 60-vote threshold.

In his tweet, Trump didn't differentiate between tax cuts and a broader tax reform package.

Arguably the most contentious Republican proposal is from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as he pushes for a BAT tax that would levy a 20 percent tax on imports.

The House proposal also repeals a sales tax on certain manufacturing machinery and would create new business-related tax breaks.


With 52 Republicans now in the Senate, along with Vice President Mike Pence who can come in and make a tie-breaker vote, this would make passing controversial legislation - like health care reform - a substantially easier feat.

Mr. Trump's tweets have kept his allies and opponents off balance during policy fights. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the budget assumes there wouldn't be a net tax cut, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seemed to contradict that in simultaneous congressional testimony, by saying that tax cuts would be paid for partly with stronger economic growth.

President Trump suggested Tuesday that the Senate do away with sthe legislative filibuster as well, so he could see his agenda pushed through Congress.

"At the end of the day, everything should be fair, and I think this proposal will help make tax burdens more fair for both small and large businesses alike", he states.

Republicans have invested months of effort in using the reconciliation maneuver, which brings particular complications because it is tied to the budget process and limits the scope of what can be considered. Facing solid Democratic opposition to demolishing former President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul, Republicans will lose if just three of their 52 senators defect.


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