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Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:01

The Trump/Pelosi/Schumer budget deal will help Republicans win elections in 2017

Written by  Ron Meyer

Despite the heckling of #NeverTrump Republicans and grumbling from purists, President Trump's decision to negotiate with Democrats on the debt ceiling and budget extension is politically wise and a sign of real change under the direction of new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Not only will it help him get his agenda passed, but it will also help Republican Ed Gillespie win a key election for Virginia governor in 2017.

Here was the question facing the Trump administration: Do we fight for the next month over a government shutdown, or do we spend the next month trying to pass tax reform? Clearly, the latter has more potential to help his approval ratings and therefore his ability to pass other agenda items. While conservatives may not mind government shutdowns (in reality, the government never truly shuts down), markets and political moderates aren't big fans. They are big fans, however, of tax reform.

While Trump has signed more than 50 bills into law, he has yet to pass a major legislative initiative that he ran on. He needs to bounce back from the failure of Congress to pass a repeal of Obamacare. Tax reform is his best shot. Even if Congress can't pass anything, Trump will increase his popularity by fighting for popular ideas.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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