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Republicans head to Philly to map out Trump agenda

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 00:41

U.S. Republican lawmakers head to Philadelphia for a three-day policy retreat to map out a strategy for enacting President Donald Trump's agenda. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican lawmakers will map out strategy for enacting President Donald Trump's agenda of repealing and replacing Obamacare and overhauling the tax code as they gather in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a three-day policy retreat. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to huddle with the lawmakers on Thursday. British Prime Minister Theresa May will also visit on Thursday and is expected to discuss plans for a possible U.S.-U.K. trade deal. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan has set a goal of enacting at least two major pieces of domestic legislation before the congressional recess in August, according to lobbying and congressional sources. During his presidential campaign, Trump offered up an ambitious agenda he said he would quickly pursue in the White House, from building a wall on the border with Mexico to easing Dodd-Frank banking regulations. Obamacare repeal and tax reform are emerging, however, as the top priorities for congressional Republicans. While there is broad enthusiasm about the idea of swift action in those two areas, the challenge for Trump and congressional Republicans will be getting lawmakers to coalesce around specific plans. A Republican aide said House Republicans were "nowhere close" to deciding on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare. Congress is under pressure from Trump to act quickly. But some congressional Republicans have expressed concern about starting a repeal without clarity about how to replace a law that has expanded health coverage to millions. U.S. Representative Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican, told reporters on Tuesday he hoped lawmakers would use their retreat to have a "sober discussion" on what is politically possible on replacing Obamacare.

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Republicans head to Philly to map out Trump agenda

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 00:41