Corporate tax goal in doubt as Trump kicks off push on reform

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President Trump won all but New Jersey and Virginia in November, taking the Second Congressional District in ME for the first time for a Republican since the 1980s. Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be breaking bread with President Donald Trump.

Hatch heads the Senate committee that is leading the charge on a tax overhaul. "I don't know if we'll be able to achieve that given the budget issues, but we're going to get this down to a very competitive level", Mnuchin said at an event in NY.

They were joined at the dinner by Republican Sens.

Bannon, who left the White House in August and has returned to the right-wing news outlet Breitbart, said the programme shouldn't be codified.

A senior White House official, who also wasn't named, said tax reform was the driving force behind Trump's move and he wanted to "clear the decks" so Congress could "focus on tax reform for the America people". People overall were - and still are - exhausted of their senators and representatives not doing what they said they would do once they arrived in Washington, and people were - and still are - hoping Trump could change the status quo.

Republicans hold a bare majority of seats in the upper chamber.

"I don't think this is a good deal for the American taxpayer", Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. "He's a onetime Democrat who vanquished the Republican establishment, but has never been wedded to GOP orthodoxy". It's one we would like to see happen, but it can be a challenge'.

On Tuesday, the President's top legislative aide, Marc Short, told reporters that in order to approve such a DACA relief bill, the White House was not going to require that Congress include money for a wall along the Mexican border with that legislation.

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Tax cuts have become the GOP's MacGuffin. The three Democrats invited were Sens.

The president has already made campaign-like stops in Missouri and North Dakota, two states with Democratic senators.

The three Democrats in attendance - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of in and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - were the only senators in their 48-member caucus to withhold their signatures from a letter to Trump that Schumer helped spearhead last month, urging compromise while staking out three conditions.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, have been working for months with Republican congressional leaders to craft a tax proposal.

Getting any Democrats to vote for a Trump tax reform bill - with the three Tuesday night dinner invitees the logical first targets - would allow Republicans to label it as having bipartisan support.

Maybe the president could've been nicer to GOP leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan while taking the Dem offer.

Donnelly is considered among the most vulnerable Democratic senators facing re-election next year because he represents a state Trump won by 19 percentage points in the 2016 presidential race.

Democrats, who generally oppose tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, will have negotiating clout in Congress in early December to resist tax changes they oppose, also potentially including a corporate rate cut.

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