Politics Trump: Hurricanes make tax cuts necessary

17:45  13 september  2017
17:45  13 september  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

Trump and Mar-a-Lago have a long and questionable history with hurricanes

  Trump and Mar-a-Lago have a long and questionable history with hurricanes As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, requisite preparations are underway at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach private club and so-called “Winter White House” owned…“We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma,” a Trump organization spokesperson told CNN. “Our teams at the Trump properties in Florida are taking all of the proper precautions and following local and Florida State Advisories very closely to ensure that everyone is kept safe and secure.

President Donald Trump is preaching bipartisanship as he meets with a group of moderate members of Congress from both parties Wednesday. (Sept. 13) AP.

President Trump on Wednesday invoked Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to make his case for tax reform. In the wake of the devastating storms, Trump argued that tax cuts are "needed more than ever"

President Trump© Evan Vucci, AP President Trump

WASHINGTON – Ahead of a meeting Wednesday with members of Congress from both parties, President Trump linked his efforts to pass tax cuts with the need for recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

"With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!" Trump tweeted, just hours before the bipartisan White House meeting.

Trump has argued that cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code will spur economic growth, helping recovery in communities damaged in the recent storms.

Skeptics note that that neither the Trump administration nor Congress have a specific tax plan yet – the focus of a series of meetings Trump has held in recent days.

Pay for the emergency funds with cuts from elsewhere

  Pay for the emergency funds with cuts from elsewhere OPINION | We cannot keep spending money we do not have. House and Senate leaders have now combined into one bill the hurricane relief we all know we need, along with a debt ceiling bill we can't afford, and a three-month spending bill with no spending cuts or reforms.It's a lousy deal. We have been in charge of the House, Senate, and White House all year long, and we have no fiscal reforms or restraint to show for it.This is a good time to show the American people we heard them.

Trump says 'devastation' brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma make his tax cut bill 'needed more President Trump tweeted that the powerful hurricanes Trump has been meeting with Republicans and Democrats about his tax plan

There is nothing about the damage caused by either hurricane that makes tax cuts for corporations and the rich necessary . In fact, it's absurd. Further In fact, Trump wanted to cut FEMA spending and also Texas passed a law that effective 9/1 made it harder for people to insurance claims for flood

And others questioned the relation between tax reform and hurricane relief.

Economic analyst Stan Collender, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, said the president has no way to leverage hurricane relief against a tax bill when it comes to votes in Congress.

"Trump isn't going to veto a hurricane relief bill if it doesn't include tax reform and Congress isn't going to be ready to do tax reform when the next relief dollars are needed," Collender said. "More than anything, this shows that Trump doesn't understand legislative politics or process.

Last week, in an apparent rebuke to the leaders of Republican congressional majority, Trump cut a deal with Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, securing a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and the current federal spending plan.

Trump: Hurricanes are helping the Coast Guard improve its 'brand'

  Trump: Hurricanes are helping the Coast Guard improve its 'brand' President Trump said Sunday that the major hurricanes hitting the U.S. are improving the “brand” of the U.S. Coast Guard.Trump told a reporter that the country has "great people" responding to the massive storms and that "a group that really deserves tremendous credit is the United States Coast Guard," according to a White House pool report.

But here’s Donald Trump using Hurricane Irma to justify demanding that Congress speed up the process to pass the tax cuts he wants. Why does the hurricane make us need your tax plan even more so? It will starve the federal government of resources necessary to help with the recovery and

Seeking to reach out to Democrats he more or less ignored during the health care debate to repeal and replace Obamacare earlier this year, Trump hosted dinner Tuesday night at the White House with a group of senators in both parties.

The White House said that Trump and his guests discussed "advancing the administration’s legislative priorities, in particular tax cuts for the middle class."

At the White House on Wednesday, he will meet with Democrats and Republicans from the House.

Meanwhile, Trump expressed confidence via Twitter.

"The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin," Trump said. "Move fast Congress!"

Trump makes a comeback in the polls .
President Trump's historically low job approval rating has been on the rise in recent weeks, giving the president a boost as the White House works to repeal ObamaCare and pass tax reform. Trump's job approval rating is still historically low for this point in a first-term presidency, and the latest surveys show only modest improvement, rather than a dramatic spike.But the upward trend reverses a months-long slide that was punctuat ed by countless developments around the Russia investigations and intraparty feuding with GOP leaders. Trump's equivocal response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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