Watch LIVE

Report: GOP lays out ambitious plan for Donald Trump's first days

News
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) reacts to being asked about his previous reluctance to support Donald Trump during a news conference with U.S. Republican vice presidental candidate Gov. Mike Pence (L) and other House GOP leaders following a weekly policy meeting at the Republican headquaters on Capitol Hill September 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. When asked about former vice presidential candidate Ryan's reluctance to endorse Republican presidential candidate, Pence said that the House Republicans and the campaign agree on a plan for America. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Republicans have a detailed and far-reaching plan that will likely change the way things have been done in Washington for the last 8 years, according to Politico:

House members and staffers can say goodbye to their three-day weekends and lengthy recesses — at least for a while. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who’s currently devising the 2017 House schedule, is likely to keep lawmakers in D.C. on Mondays and Fridays, a stark departure from the three-day weeks that have become routine in the chamber.

On the agenda are ambitious plans to hit the ground running as President-elect Donald Trump assumes office in January by, among other things, dismantling Obamacare, repealing several of President Barack Obama's last-minute regulations and passing some form of tax reform.

House GOP members are planning a direct attack on Obama's regulatory regime using the House Review Act, which allows them to overturn regulations passed in the last 60 days of the legislative term. They also plan on using the Senate's simple majority to enact repeals in place of the usual 60 vote threshold.

House GOP leaders and their staffs are currently compiling a list of regulations that fall within the 60-day time frame, with an eye on Obama's overtime rule as a first cut. That rule mandates employers to pay employees making under $47,000 per year automatic time and half.

They are also dedicated to passing a 2017 budget, possibly as early as January, that will reportedly include detailed instructions on how to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative.

Also on the menu for later in the spring is a fiscal 2018 budget that might contain instructions on tax reform:

There are still questions, however, about how to do it. [Ways and Means Chairman Kevin] Brady has said he prefers a tax package that could pass with bipartisan support, eliminating the need to use reconciliation. That would be an advantage, sources say, because the fast-track procedure restricts which tax policies can be reformed.

But should Democrats block their tax plan, Republicans say they could fall back on reconciliation to jam it through Congress.

Most recent
All Articles