10 things you need to know today: October 23, 2017

Trump urges House Republicans to pass Senate's budget, McCain appears to mock Trump's bone-spur draft deferment, and more

Sen. John McCain during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing
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1. Trump calls on House Republicans to pass budget, tax cuts

President Trump on Sunday urged House Republicans to pass the Senate budget proposal and start working to pass tax reform, saying that haggling with the Senate would delay a much-needed legislative accomplishment and could hurt the GOP in next year's midterm elections. "We are on the verge of doing something very, very historic," Trump said, according to a person who was on the call. Trump's participation in the call to the House Republican Conference ramped up pressure on House Republicans to get behind the Senate's spending plan even though it adds $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade due to tax cuts.

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