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Ryan: GOP To Cut Taxes, Repeal ACA, Fund Wall By August

| by Lauren Briggs

House Speaker Paul Ryan shared his legislative plans for 2017, in which Republicans intend to repeal and replace Obamacare, fund immigration enforcement and completely change around tax requirements by the end of summer.

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, outlined the schedule for the first 200 days of President Donald Trump's term at a GOP retreat on Jan. 25, reports Politico. Using a diagram resembling a construction planning chart, Ryan detailed all of the work he expects to see from the White House and both branches of Congress and corresponding deadlines.

The first major issue on Ryan's chart was repealing and replacing Obamacare, which the Wisconsin representative said he hopes to fast-track and see passed by March or April. Congress will first repeal the existing Affordable Care Act, then attempt to replace it, though Senate Democrats will need to get on board and approve it in order for the bill to pass. In the meantime, Ryan said that Trump must pass administrative actions to keep the insurance market afloat.

"It will be a repeal with some replacement in it for what we're able to do given the reconciliation process," interim House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, told reporters at the retreat, according to The Hill. "Our goal is to make this a patient-centered healthcare system where we give people options."

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During this time, Congress will also pass an appropriations supplemental bill to bulk up border security, the Speaker explained. He has said elsewhere that Congress supports Trump's plans to build a border wall and explained that the U.S. will pay for it or at the very least front the money at first.

Between April and August, Ryan said that Washington would focus on tax reform by creating a "revenue" neutral tax plan that pays for itself and does not add to the deficit.

"We have to walk and chew gum at the same time," House GOP Policy Chairman Luke Messer, an Indiana Republican, told The Hill. "Infrastructure is a clear priority for the president and there is every reason that a major plan can happen this year."

Ryan said that he showed Trump the chart and that the president not only approved it but also vowed to use his voice to help pass each listed item and silence opposition when needed, notes Politico.

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Sources: The Hill (2), Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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