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Fall White House Forecast: Will Trump Tone it Down to Get His Agenda Moving?
 

With several pressing deadlines on the horizon as Congress returns after Labor Day, Roll Call’s White House reporter John T. Bennett looks at how Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump may proceed with their shared agenda.

Paul Ryan Pivots to Tax Code Rewrite, Welfare Overhaul
Speaker still wants Senate to get health care done but makes no assurances

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan appears ready to move on to other Republican priorities such as tax and welfare overhauls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Amid a Senate Republican impasse over health care, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is trying to pivot to two other major priorities: rewriting the tax code and overhauling welfare programs.

“Welfare reform and tax reform are the two big things” Republicans need to get done this fall to complete their agenda for the year, as well infrastructure, Ryan told talk radio host Mike Gallagher on Wednesday.

Ep. 5: Why Trump’s New Budget Director Should Prepare for a Fight
Budget Tracker Extra

President Donald Trump finally has his budget director Mick Mulvaney in place, but with a daunting agenda it’s unclear how much he can get accomplished, says CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman. Mulvaney faces, among other challenges, an April deadline when government funding expires and the unknown costs of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

White House Throws First Elbow at Speaker Ryan

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The White House dinged Speaker Paul D. Ryan Monday for suggesting President Barack Obama “kept poisoning the well” two years ago, when immigration overhaul legislation died in the House.  

Press Secretary Josh Earnest sharply criticized Ryan for the first time during his embryonic speakership, calling it "preposterous" for the Wisconsin Republican to claim Obama "kept poisoning the well" during efforts in 2013 to overhaul the country's immigration system, according to a White House pool report. While appearing on all five Sunday morning talk shows, Ryan said he will not advance immigration legislation while Obama is in office, and blamed the president's past actions for his plans.  

Popular Criminal Justice Bill Poses Political Risk

Grassley, left, and Leahy confer at Judiciary Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heading to the Senate floor, beware of Willie Horton.  

That could have been the subtext of criticism of a broad, bipartisan sentencing overhaul advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 15-5 vote.  

Senate Democrats Have Full Agenda Ahead

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Senate Democrats are in a race against the clock in order to consider all the must-pass legislation, such as a new highway bill and an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alongside a host of election-year items aimed at drawing contrasts with the GOP.  

The Senate is poised to consider a bipartisan deal — drafted by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — that would reduce wait times for medical care at the VA.