Exclusive: McConnell Frets About Healthcare, Hopeful on Tax Overhaul!
Looks like someone needs a good primaryin’!
Who was it that said last week, “I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House”? Sen. McConnell was probably referring to Trump’s recent firing of FBI Director Comey. It would seem as if Sen. McConnell wants to make the impression to the public that he wants less drama, so they can focus on the agenda. Really? So, does that mean he’s going to focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare or what?
We all know the key factors on Trump agenda don’t we? I mean among the items Trump campaigned on repeal and replace Obamacare, reduce regulations, reform taxes, and build the wall – those were his key issues why Americans elected him President.
And how many of those agenda items do you see McConnell pushing for? How about leading the charge for?…Isn’t he the Majority Leader?…Don’t Repubicans control the House, Senate and White House? I thought so. It’s time to primary Senator McConnell.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare, but expressed some optimism on another top priority, overhauling the tax code.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters, McConnell said healthcare and taxes still top the Republican legislative agenda, and he added that he will not reach out to the minority Democrats on either one because differences between the two parties are too stark.
McConnell also said he has not asked the White House for input as the Senate devises its own healthcare legislation after the Republican-led House of Representatives passed its version on May 4, but may do so in the future.
Excluding Democratic involvement will leave McConnell, a conservative 75-year-old Kentuckian with a reputation as a dealmaker, a narrow path to win passage of these ambitious goals, which are also at the head of Republican President Donald Trump’s policy agenda. A repeal of Obamacare was one of Trump’s leading campaign promises last year.
Asked about behind-the-scenes work among Senate Republicans on hammering out the provisions of a healthcare bill, McConnell said, “I don’t know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment. But that’s the goal. And exactly what the composition of that (bill) is I’m not going to speculate about because it serves no purpose,” McConnell said.
Republicans hold a 52-48 Senate majority. In the event of a 50-50 tie, Republican Vice President Mike Pence would be called upon to cast a tie-breaking vote.
McConnell opened the interview by saying, “There’s not a whole lot of news to be made on healthcare.” He declined to discuss what provisions he might want to see in the bill or provide a timetable for producing even a draft to show to rank-and-file Republican senators and gauge their support.
On the other hand, he said, prospects for passage of major tax legislation were “pretty good.” While this too will be difficult, McConnell said, it is “not in my view quite as challenging as healthcare.”
Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress want to cut tax rates across the board, but a House proposal to use the tax code to boost exports and discourage imports has split the business community and some lawmakers.
The House narrowly passed its legislation to overhaul the healthcare system and dismantle major parts of the Obamacare law, formally called the Affordable Care Act, that was Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, overcoming unified opposition from Democrats.
Let’s face it Senator Mitch McConnell has been in office way too long. He’s one of the main reasons, anyone with a right brain would vote for term limits. McConnell is about power and money…mostly his. If it doesn’t fall into one of those two categories, he’s probably not interested. He does talk a good game though….
One of the main reasons the American people elected Trump for President was because they were tired of all the talk. They wanted action. It doesn’t sound like that is going to happen with the repeal and replacement of Obamacare anytime soon, does it?
We gave them the House. We gave them the Senate. We gave them a Republican President? What’s the problem? ….too many RINOS, like McConnell are still in office!