President Trump is expected to meet with Congressional leaders today on Capitol Hill and advocate for tax reform before an upcoming Senate vote which follows his controversial Pocahontas remark yesterday before Navajo war veterans gathered together at the White House that some viewed as a racial slur or an insensitive remark.
President Trump said yesterday that “they” call her Pocahontas in reference to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D- Massachusetts) who reportedly has some Native American ancestry in her ethnic background.
President Trump is the only politician to openly call Sen. Elizabeth Warren by the name Pocahontas in public, but he claimed yesterday during the war ceremony that “they” call her Pocahontas.
The remark has puzzled some Americans who question President Trump’s choice of words and use of derogatory racial language to make a political statement during a ceremony that honors past war service by Navajo men.
Sen. Warren told CNN’s Anderson Cooper yesterday that President Trump couldn’t even make it through a war ceremony honoring Navajo war veterans before throwing in a racial slur.
Asked about President Trump’s choice of words yesterday during a White House briefing, White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders refused to criticize President Trump’s choice of words with Navajo men and instead went on the attack against Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“I think what most people find offensive is Senator Warren lying about her heritage to advance her career” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
“Look, I think that Senator Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career. I don’t understand why no one is asking about that question and why that isn’t covered” Secretary Sanders added.
Senate Tax Reform Plan
The Senate is debating a Senate version of the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which contains a repeal of the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare that the Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday would reduce federal budget deficits by $318 billion.
“Those effects would occur mainly because fewer people would be enrolled in Medicaid and nongroup health insurance: Healthier people would be less likely to obtain insurance; especially in the nongroup market, the resulting increases in premiums would cause more people to not purchase insurance. Lower enrollment would reduce federal costs for premium tax credits, Medicaid, cost-sharing reduction payments, and the Basic Health Program and would increase Medicare spending” CBO Director Keith Hall wrote yesterday to Sen. Orrin Hatch, Senate Chair Committee on Finance.
Republicans in the Senate can’t afford to lose any more than 2 Republican votes for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act since Senate Democrats remain in opposition.
Sen. Bob Corker (R- Tennessee) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R- Wisconsin) have already voiced concerns about the current Senate version of the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that is estimated to result in $1.4 trillion in deficit spending over 10 years to allocate tax cuts.
Senator Corker, known for being a deficit hawk, tweeted yesterday,
“We’re $20 trillion in debt and it’s party like there’s no tomorrow time in Washington.”
We’re $20 trillion in debt and it’s party like there’s no tomorrow time in Washington. https://t.co/EDIPU9Kz5T
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) November 16, 2017
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has expressed concerns about how the current Senate tax reform bill doesn’t do enough to help small business owners and pass through entities.
Sen. Johnson wants to increase the individual income tax deduction by a higher level than the current Senate tax reform bill contains in its present form.
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