Hundreds march in Philadelphia to protest Trump, his plans

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27 January, 2017

"Now is the dawn of a new era". "I like to think it's a sign of outreach", said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon and a prominent Republican who counts Mayor Kenney and other Democrats as friends he can negotiate with.

Senate and House lawmakers arrived in Philadelphia by chartered train and headed into working sessions at a downtown hotel.

"I'm just so excited we finally have a chance to do this because we have the House and Senate and a president who is with us", House Speaker Paul Ryan told MSNBC Wednesday about Trump's plans to revamp the tax system.

Congressional Republicans are especially eager to hear the president's intentions for legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans have called Obamacare federal government overreach and have sought to undermine it in Congress and the courts since it was passed by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in 2010.

Trump's election put Republicans in control of both the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a decade. Trump has said he wants to wait for his Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price to be confirmed, so that he can weigh in.

Details from the gathering were described by lawmakers and aides speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations.

Getting to Philadelphia meant that Trump took his first flight aboard Air Force One.

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Some lawmakers were rattled this week as the White House grappled with controversies over Trump's statements over the crowd size at his inauguration and his allegations of voter fraud in the US election.

Mayor Jim Kenney has requested that all protests be made "in a very clear voice" but that demonstrators remain "peaceful" and "refrain from damaging of any property or windows or trashcans or things that we saw happen in Washington on Friday", according to NewsWorks.

The wall is another issue where it is not clear if Trump and Republican lawmakers are in agreement.

As for message discipline and coordination with the White House, Thune deemed that "a work in progress".

Trump noted that as he was preparing to sign the executive orders, he wondered where the pipe used for the pipelines came from.

"It also allows more vetting of different opinions", he said. Lawmakers also plan to move quickly on a broad rewrite of the tax code that is expected to include deep cuts in tax rates.

But Republican lawmakers have found themselves answering questions from reporters not just about their legislative agenda but also about Trump statements on matters such as alleged voting irregularities and Central Intelligence Agency interrogation tactics. Trump took steps earlier in the week to withdraw the US from TPP, which he said puts American workers at a disadvantage. Football star Peyton Manning will also appear.


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