Paul Ryan: 'Dreamers' Will Be Part Of Spending Bill… Obamacare Survives 2017… Secrecy, Division, Complaints: Tax Rollout Echoes Obamacare Repeal

Paul Ryan Tells Conservatives DACA Will Be Part Of Spending Deal

The Speaker also said he didn’t think Obamacare subsidies would be part of the deal, but it could still be a huge win for Democrats and undocumented immigrants.

Trump put Republicans in this position when he announced he was ending the Obama executive action in March, throwing the fates of hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people in the hands of Congress. Suddenly, a party that had decried DACA and said they wanted a legislative solution was put in the position of either passing one or being responsible for so-called Dreamers losing their jobs and being deported.
Many Republicans have said they want to do something for Dreamers, but passing a stand-alone bill would likely only be possible if Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chose to put a measure on the floor without majority support from their party.
Adding DACA provisions to an omnibus bill is a potential workaround, and likely the best chance for Dreamer protections to succeed, but it also still alienates many Republicans and would likely force a significant number of them to vote no, which in turn could strengthen the Democratic negotiating position on spending and other demands, like the Obamacare subsidies.

U.S. lawmakers will not tackle healthcare this year, Ryan says: Reuters interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers will not take up a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare insurance markets or try again to repeal and replace the law this year, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, signaling his party was shelving the matter until the 2018 U.S. congressional election year.

President Donald Trump promised as a candidate last year to dismantle Obamacare. While the House passed such a bill last May, the Senate tried but failed to do so in July and September thanks to deep intra-party divisions and fears that millions of Americans would lose their healthcare coverage.

“I think that is something we should do next year,” Ryan said in an interview with Reuters when asked about prospects of the House passing a bipartisan bill that would reinstate federal subsidies to private insurers to help lower-income people buy medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.
Asked whether the seven-year Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was now dead, Ryan responded, “No.” But he added, “I can’t imagine we can do that this year.”
www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-ryan/u-s-lawmakers-will-not-tackle-healthcare-this-year-ryan-says-reuters-interview-idUSKBN1CU1XW

Secrecy, Division, Complaints: GOP Tax Rollout Echoes Obamacare Repeal

  • A chorus of ‘we don’t know’ as lawmakers ponder plan’s details
  • Framework set some goals, but didn’t answer toughest questions


Already, many lawmakers are making similar complaints about the tax effort — saying they need more details before they can commit to the audacious timeline House Speaker Paul Ryan has vowed to meet: He wants a bill through the House by Thanksgiving. Rank-and-file members fear they’ll have two choices: Swallow whatever bill their leaders devise or blow their self-imposed deadline of sending a bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

“We don’t know the brackets,” Representative Chris Collins of New York, a Trump ally, told reporters after a Republican conference meeting Tuesday. “We don’t know where we are on estate taxes. We don’t know where we are on” the state and local tax deduction — a contentious issue for members like Collins from high-tax states.


www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-25/secrecy-division-complaints-gop-tax-rollout-echoes-obamacare

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