Finally, last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan put the kibosh on one of the president's most consistent promises: slashing corporate taxes to 15 percent. A chief goal of the effort will be to spark economic growth, he said in an AP Newsmaker interview.
While the Democrat said he continues to fight for a "simpler tax code" for his state's residents, he noted that he was still looking forward to working with Mr. Trump and his Senate colleagues "on both sides of the aisle on tax reform".
President Donald Trump's recent deal with congressional Democrats on a short-term extension of the debt limit gave a lot of Hill Republicans heartburn, but a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey indicates that their frustration with the president doesn't appear to have trickled down to most GOP voters.
Brady is scheduled to brief the House GOP conference Wednesday on the status of the negotiations.
A key topic of discussion is Trump's push for Congress to send him a bill to cut taxes for corporations and individuals. Many Republicans complained about Bannon's trashing of them.
The tour will include several states he won in 2016 as well as locations where Democrat senators are up for re-election in an attempt to seek bi-partisan support for the plan.
The poll also found that Trump's attacks on senators in his own party may be helping. Ryan said a physical wall doesn't need to be constructed along the entire boundary, citing "circumstances on the ground that dictate how we do border security".
The Trump administration last week also formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA - a program that had protected almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. In fact, the POTUS has mandated the Republican-controlled Congress to come up with an alternative to DACA within six months, adding that he will revisit the issue if the Congress fails to deliver what he asked them to do.
The flood insurance program has also been extended through December.
Hatch announced later Tuesday afternoon he planned to convene a hearing next Tuesday on ways changes to the tax code could improve the situation for business. And Mr. McConnell said he did so over the objections of Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader and aforementioned counterpart.
"We learned this summer that keeping 50 or 52 Republicans in the Senate is not something that's reliable", White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said on Tuesday, referring to the Senate's failure to pass a significant replacement to the Affordable Care Act.
Kelly has been credited with instilling more order in the West Wing.