Trump Administration Hopes to Pass Budget to Avoid Government Shutdown


Friday is President Donald Trump’s 99th day in office.

The Commander in Chief came to Washington with a legislative agenda dubbed the “100-day action plan to make America great again.” His promises were a border wall and tax and healthcare reform. But, the Trump Administration has faced a complicated start, with an investigation into election hacking and low ratings. Opponents say Trump has had no major legislative victories despite a republican majority in both the House and Senate.

President Trump has called the 100-day benchmark “artificial,” and a “ridiculous standard.” The White House has now unveiled a new web-site touting his administration’s accomplishments since taking office. Many of those are the result of executive orders, which don’t require legislation. Now, Trump is working on his recently released tax plan and finding a compromise on healthcare.

Congress has until midnight on Friday to pass a funding bill.     If it doesn’t the Government faces a shutdown, which hasn’t happened since October 2013. Experts say because of the tight deadline it appears there isn’t time to pass a “large” funding bill, so the vote will probably be a one week resolution to keep the Government going. But democratic leaders say if republicans plan to schedule a healthcare vote for Friday or Saturday, they’ll oppose the short-term funding bill, causing a shut down.
Arkansas representatives weighed in on the new details of Trump’s amended healthcare plan. Both democrats and republicans are still skeptical, despite efforts to make a compromise. The American Healthcare Act failed last month, in part over worries that too many people would lose coverage. Now, the conservative republicans say they want to give states more flexibility to decide minimum requirements for health insurance plans.
“Were trying to get the wheels back on the road and get something out there that allows people to get insurance products that are affordable and meet their own needs,” said Arkansas Representative, Bruce Westerman.

Leaders say there isn’t a solution that would make everyone happy. Congress says it doesn’t yet know when the first votes on healthcare will take place, but republicans continue to work to gain support.

President Trump plans to spend part of day 99 in office at the annual NRA convention. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the three day event. The president is hosting a leadership forum Friday, where he will discuss gun rights and the Second Amendment. But, guns will not be allowed inside during his presentation. They will be allowed after the president leaves.

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