Oct 26, 2017

Manchin: This isn't Trump's tax plan

Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), speaking with Mike Allen at an Axios event about bipartisanship in Washington, said some Democrats —including him — might vote for President Trump's tax cuts, but that the plan would have to change.

"I don't think this is his tax policy," Manchin said. "He and I were talking and the President said, 'Joe, this is not going to be a tax cut for the rich. People like me.' And I said, 'Mr. President, that is a great place to start.'"

Why it matters: As a red-state Democratic senator, Manchin is a prime candidate to vote with Republicans on tax reform. These comments show he'll insist on changes.

More Manchin:

  • On Trump's attitude toward bipartisanship: "He's much more comfortable doing a bipartisan deal than holding the partisan line."
  • Manchin called for "60 Minutes" opioid whistleblower and former DEA agent Joe Rannazzisi to be the White House drug czar (Trump's previous pick was bounced as a result of the CBS report): "The drug czar has to be somebody that has the expertise, has the medical background and has been personally involved."
  • What needs to change in Washington: 1. No more fundraising against fellow sitting members of Congress. 2. "Change the way we redistrict...Use a computer-driven model that gives us more balance."
  • What he told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: "Chuck, if people like me can't get elected, you'll never be in the majority."

Other guests at the event...Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.):

  • On Trump: "I'm not obsessed with the President. There are those for and against him who are obsessed with him. I don't think that's healthy."
  • On bipartisanship: "Once we have a couple bipartisan wins, Congress can be conditioned into this kind of behavior."

Rep. Josh Gottenheimer (D-N.J.):

  • On House Democrats voting for tax cuts: "A lot of us want to get there." He said it's a regional issue, based in part on preserving the state and local tax deduction.
  • On chances of bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill passing: "I'm actually pretty optimistic."

Go deeper

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 1,094,068 — Total deaths: 58,773 — Total recoveries: 225,519Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 273,880 — Total deaths: 7,077 — Total recoveries: 9,521Map.
  3. Public health latest: The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  4. 2020 latest: Wisconsin's governor called for a last-minute primary election delay. "I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting," President Trump said on the 2020 election, as more states hold primaries by mail.
  5. Business updates: America's small business bailout is off to a bad start. The DOT is urging airlines to refund passengers due to canceled or rescheduled flights, but won't take action against airlines that provide vouchers or credits.
  6. Oil latest: The amount of gas American drivers are consuming dropped to levels not seen in more than 25 years, government data shows. Trump is calling on the Energy Department to find more places to store oil.
  7. Tech updates: Twitter will allow ads containing references to the coronavirus under certain use cases.
  8. U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt: Senators call for independent investigation into firing of Navy captain.
  9. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

Subscribe to Mike Allen's Axios AM to follow our coronavirus coverage each morning from your inbox.

Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

Azar at Friday's briefing. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 3 hours ago - Health