>> After a bumpy first month in office, President Donald Trump taking his insurgent agenda to Capitol Hill Tuesday night, in his first speech to a joint session of Congress.>> We expect him to deliver a bold, optimistic message to the American people.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump faces another presidential rite of passage on Tuesday with this high wire, prime time speech to Congress.
Technically not a State of the Union address, but carrying all of the pomp, pageantry, and pressure. Not just to reel off a list of problems, but lay out a positive vision that his fellow Republicans can rally around. Hoping he can give them some political cover to tackle difficult issues like rolling back Obamacare that already have their constituents on edge.
The speech comes after Republicans in Congress spent the past week in their home districts getting an earful from voters who worry about the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fearing it could leave them without health coverage. As with a litany of other issues, lawmakers have received little clear guidance from the White House on Obamacare, and have yet to agree on a plan of their own.
Trump promising he'll have a plan soon, and saying it won't be an easy lift.>> Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated.>> Tuesday's speech might offer some better clues on Trump's thinking on tax reform. He has said he wants broadly lowered taxes for businesses and individuals, but we don't yet know what shape that will take.
His spending plan also full of potential pitfalls.>> We have to start winning wars again. He wants a big increase for the military, and he's willing to slash domestic programs to get there. Many Republicans like that idea, but they're also wondering how he's gonna pay for initiatives like increased highway spending without unleashing a tide of red ink that's sure to anger budget hawks.
He'll need at least some Democratic support. All this could spell trouble for Republican lawmakers who have to deliver on this agenda. In the weeks to come they're going to be laying out specific plans that are sure to draw further heat from the folks back home. They need to know that the President has their backs.