Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin are the only Democratic senators who did not sign a letter circulated last month by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer outlining the conditions for the party's support of tax reform. The as-yet-undrafted bill to overhaul the tax code is the top priority for Trump and Republicans after the collapse of their effort to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law.
In an interview with the CBS programme 60 Minutes, Bannon predicted Republicans could lose control in the House in next year's congressional elections because of a looming battle over what to do about 800,000 immigrants known as "Dreamers".
'Despite promises of commitments that they've made to voters since 2010, we don't feel like we can assume that we can get tax reform done strictly on a partisan basis, ' Marc Short, the president's legislative affairs director, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast this morning.
Republicans must agree upon a companion budget plan if the tax effort is to get off the ground. Centerpiece of the Republican initiative is a simpler tax system with fewer rates. They've told the White House that reconciliation is likely to be the only path forward.
Three Democrats from states President Donald Trump won in 2016 will join the President on Tuesday evening for dinner as the White House seeks support for sweeping tax reform, congressional aides said.
If he was serious about reform, Trump wouldn't have attacked Missouri Sen.
"We had a great substantive conversation about policy, and great outreach to Democrats", Toomey said of the dinner, which included Democratic senators from North Dakota, West Virginia and Indiana. "I mean, there were seven of us: there were four Republicans and three Democrats, there was the president and the vice president, and Gary Cohn, and Steve Mnuchin and his staff, other staffs there". The passage of a true, significant tax reform bill is the last, best hope for this Republican Congress and this unusual President to claim they should continue to be entrusted with our nation's wellbeing.
"The approval process for the biggest tax cut and tax reform package in the history of our country will soon begin".
He said he wanted the White House to allow Congress time to address the issue because he didn't want it "to be rescinded on day one and create chaos".