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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:17

Trump woos Dems on taxes, shifting from health care strategy

Written by  CBS News

President Trump is courting support from congressional Democrats as his administration looks ahead to tax reform and key fiscal deadlines this winter, departing from the Republicans' failed go-it-alone strategy during the Obamacare repeal debate earlier this year.

The president dined Tuesday with a trio of red-state Democrats – Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin – in an effort to enlist their support for tax proposals. And on the heels of that meeting, Mr. Trump is scheduled to have dinner Wednesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, with whom he recently reached a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. On the menu for their next meeting: a discussion of fall legislative deadlines, immigration action, and health care market stabilization.

Of course, these efforts to woo Democrats might well yield nothing. The president could ditch these new negotiating partners, the congressional GOP could decide to cut Democrats out of the legislative process, and Democrats themselves could decide to withhold further cooperation. But it's worth noting the contrast between the earlier, partisan approach to health care and the outreach that's currently happening on taxes and spending.

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