Philadelphia marches against Trump and Republican lawmakers' meeting
Jan 27 2017 by Michele Stevens
Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania is co-sponsoring a protest hosted by the Philly socialists Thursday, the day Trump is expected here, starting at 4 p.m.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with reporters at the outset of the retreat, but offered few details on what specific proposals lawmakers were hoping to craft during the meetings. "Now is the dawn of a new era".
Lawmakers are trying to focus on areas of agreement, downplaying distractions created by Trump's unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud and the inauguration crowd size.
While many demonstrators were at the hotel to protest the Republicans' agenda, there were a number who conversely expressed their support for Trump.
Noting his preference to vote on a replacement in the same Congress that they pass repeal, Meadows said, "There's still a real push for a longer glide path of three to five years, depending on who you talk to, and so I don't know if that is something that we will necessarily see happen, even though it's a request".
Mrs May, who addresses the Republican retreat shortly after Mr Trump's joint session, will nearly certainly discuss the prospects of a key post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.
Lawmakers likely will vote on dismantling Obamacare by late February or early March, a senior House Republican told reporters on Wednesday at the Republican retreat.
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GOP lawmakers are welcoming Trump's actions today on immigration and the border wall with Mexico. "Everything I see I disagree with".
"We will anticipate the supplemental coming from the administration very shortly on how to finish construction and the funding of the fence", Ryan said. There, a handful of protesters stood with signs, none too happy about the GOP's visit to the city. Those procedures are already in place for Mexicans who enter the country illegally. GOP leaders estimate it will cost between $12 billion and $15 billion, although independent analysts say the price tag could reach as high as $25 billion.
He went through the list of his first six days in office that did receive applause, including his executive order restarting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, adding, "We're going to make that pipe right here in America". "I think there's a lot of hope about that".
"The president of Mexico and I have agreed to cancel our planned meeting", Trump said. The promise has complicated Republicans' plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, since most plans will involve a reduction in Medicaid spending.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will also join lawmakers in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to discuss plans for a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal.
Representative Steve Stivers of OH, the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, said more details on the health-care strategy can be expected in the "next few weeks", though he also was among those who said Republicans didn't achieve consensus on any specific provisions during the Thursday meeting.
Trump's Thursday statements also undermine hopes that discord between the executive and legislative branches of the US government-both under Republican control, but embracing wildly divergent approaches to spending-will hamstring the more extreme aspects of the GOP agenda.