White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a news briefing today. Watch her remarks in the player above.
The House passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan, one the chamber’s Republicans hope to create a pathway for their tax code overhaul later this year.
As the Associated Press has noted, the plan focuses on more than $5 million in cuts over the next decade that target federal entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. “But Republicans are not actually planning to impose any of those cuts with follow-up legislation that would be required under Washington’s Byzantine budget rules,” AP reported.
The ultimate goal here is the party’s goal of rewriting the tax code, with the House’s plan eventually being reconciled with the Senate’s own version of a budget plan. However, Democrats warn that the GOP’s plans would mean deep cuts to the social safety net in the future.
President Donald Trump applauded the House passing its plan today, with the White House releasing a statement today that said the move was a “key step” in setting the stage for lawmakers to “fix our rigged and burdensome tax code,” among other things.
On Wednesday, Trump visited Las Vegas days after a gunman killed 59 people and injured scores of others during an overnight outdoor concert. Since then, investigators have been working toward a greater understanding of how the attack was planned, who the suspect was, and whether anyone else was involved. Sunday’s attack has also resurfaced the debate over stricter gun control measures after it was revealed that the gunman modified his weapons with a “bump stock” that allowed it discharge more quickly.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.