WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - With 2018 on the horizon, the president is pushing members of Congress to act quickly. President Trump made another trip to Capitol Hill Tuesday at the request of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). As the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Barrasso wants the party to come together to pass a tax reform package before the end of the year. He says the president’s presence on Capitol Hill was unifying.
Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) says the lunch meeting is helping the GOP move forward with tax reform.
“You can’t always find perfection, but we want to make meaningful progress”
2018 is near and Republicans can feel it. Barrasso says the president is bringing members together.
“As a result of the meeting today we’re much closer to that target that we’re hoping to pass the tax relief that the American public deserves,” said Barrasso.
With some GOP senators still on the fence over the package at hand, Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs says Republicans need to come together for the sake of their constituents. He says the president did feel a sense of unity in his meeting.
“The president had a great meeting with Senate Republicans today to discuss tax relief for the American people. I think Republicans are anxious to deliver on their plan,” said Short.
Some aren’t buying that these meetings are effective. Jeremy Slevin from the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress says the president is not the best figure to bring Republicans together.
“The members that he needs to win over don’t like him very much,” said Slevin.
Slevin says Democrats should be involved. The president was going to meet with Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Tuesday, but the Democrats canceled the meeting saying they didn’t think there would be an agreement. Slevin says all sides should go back to the drawing board to pass bipartisan legislation.
“You don’t engage even members of your own party let alone members of the opposition party in crafting a bipartisan bill...you’re not going to be able to accomplish much,” said Slevin.
Members of Congress have about 13 legislative days left to pass a laundry list of legislation before the New Year.