President Donald Trump says he’s willing to work with Democrats to craft a new health-care plan, but that idea doesn’t appeal to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“I don’t want that to happen,” the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.” Ryan continued: “You know why? I want a patient-centered system. I don’t want government running health care…we should give people choices.” House Republicans pulled a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last week after it became clear they did not have the votes.
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Infrastructure plan: Time magazine gets inside the Trump administration’s plans for meeting the president’s goal of $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. Aides tell Time the strategy is to shell out between $100 billion to $200 billion federal dollars, while overhauling the regulatory process, cutting regulations and offering tax credits to private companies. The White House argues the total package will propel the effective spending total well above Trump’s target, Time says.
Meanwhile it remains unclear whether the White House will try to combine an infrastructure package with the tax reform plan congressional Republicans are hoping to take up, Time says.
Driving the tax reform train: Politico writes Republican and Democratic veterans of Washington’s policymaking process are skeptical that the White House will take the lead on tax reform. This week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump is “driving the train” on a tax overhaul.
Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said he doesn’t think the White House should release legislative text for a tax plan. “What they better do is just work with the people in the Senate Finance Committee like me and people in the Ways and Means Committee, work as a collegial group, to see what can be done.”
Trump-Xi meeting set: The White House announced early Thursday that Trump will host President Xi Jinping of China at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida from April 6-7. There were few details in the announcement but the White House said the leaders would discuss “global, regional and bilateral issues of mutual concern.” Trump took a hard line on China during the presidential campaign, criticizing Beijing over trade and currency. Trump also wants China to help rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.