Trump’s Ambitious Agenda Comes With No Plan To Carry It Out

President Trump brought an ambitious agenda to Congress on Tuesday night, but it came without a blueprint and with no sign yet of concrete legislation to carry it out.

Over a month into the new administration, with Republicans in control of the House, Senate and White House, the big items on the Republican agenda, listed by order of priority, are piling up without action: Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, overhaul the tax code, and invest $1 trillion to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, a plan whose only specific so far is the price tag.

As the weeks tick by, the lack of progress is creating a logjam in Congress that will intensify as deadlines loom on must-pass items such as the debt ceiling and a spending bill to keep the government open. Trump added another item Tuesday by floating the prospect of immigration reform, and he insisted that Congress build a wall on the border with Mexico.

The president is “certainly thinking big, given the amount of stuff he’s proposed,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “It might require two terms for him to get a good deal of it done.” Little will happen, O’Connell added, “until Trump is able to get congressional Republicans marching in the same direction.”

O’Connell said Republicans have another problem in that they must replace Obamacare before they can decide on a tax overhaul. That’s because the health care law relies on taxes to pay for expanded coverage. 

Read more from Carolyn Lockheed at The San Francisco Chronicle

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