The Wall Street Journal
: House Republicans Air Budget Ideas, Prepare For Fall Confrontation
The chairman of the House tax-writing committee has been laying the groundwork for advancing an overhaul of the tax code to scale back deductions and reduce rates. … Another idea gaining popularity among some Republicans is to delay implementation of the president's health-care law, which the House is expected to vote to repeal on Thursday. Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, an influential group of 171 conservative House lawmakers, said he liked the idea of delaying the implementation of health law's insurance exchanges and expansion of Medicaid for at least two years. … Other Republicans argued that the party should stick with its longstanding position that increases in the debt ceiling should be matched with spending cuts or by overhauling federal safety-net programs (Peterson and Hook, 5/15).