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House Committee Approves 2018 Budget Resolution

The House Budget Committee, with members voting along party lines, voted to send the recently introduced budget resolution to the House floor for consideration by the full chamber.  Opposition is anticipated not only from Democratic members, but also from within the GOP rank and file, with Republican moderates disagreeing with the proposed steep cuts and Republican conservatives...

Legislative Affairs Chief Predicts Unified Tax Plan in July

White House legislative affairs chief Marc Short has stated that the Trump Administration intends to have a unified tax reform plan in place prior to Congress’ August recess, accelerating Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s previously stated target of early September. White House spokesperson Natalie Strom confirmed the July goal, adding that the unified proposal will be used to ready...

White House, Congress Agree on Timeline; Ryan Calls for Permanent Reform

Speaking at the National Association of Manufacturers summit, House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed that the White House and House Republicans concentrating on crafting tax reform have agreed to a timeline for a bill to be submitted. White House Chief Economic Advisor, Gary Cohn, has stated that they aim to introduce a bill to Congress in September. The Speaker reiterated his belief in a...

Freedom Caucus Chairman Opposes Border Adjustment Tax, Says Tax Reform must Occur by September

Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, stated that the border adjustment tax is the main impediment to tax reform, with 70-80 Representatives opposed to the provision. Rep. Meadows indicated that legislation must be enacted by September if tax reform is to occur and meet retroactive requirements, suggesting he believes tax reform effective for 2017 is still a possibility....

Congress to Address Tax Reform in September

Tax reform will take center stage before Congress in September, according to White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short.  While the Trump Administration favors revenue neutrality, its primary goal for reform is tax cuts.  President Trump is meeting with Congressional GOP leaders today to discuss his tax reform agenda. White House wants healthcare vote this summer, tax...

White House Version of the Tax Bill Reportedly to Be Ready by Labor Day

Faced with growing Republican discontent over the Trump Administration’s lack of definitive tax legislation, White House economic advisor Gary Cohn projects that Congress will receive President Trump’s detailed tax proposal by the time Lawmakers return from the August recess. If delivered, the proposal would have to share attention with Congressional efforts to raise the debt limit and...

Tax Reform for Christmas

Despite controversy surrounding the border adjustment tax proposal, House Speaker Paul Ryan hopes that Congress will present a tax reform bill to the president by the December 23rd recess. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shared the same goal earlier this week, stating that the objective is to accomplish tax reform by year’s end. Paul Ryan Wants to put Reform on Trump’s...

Senate Republicans Offer No Alternative to Proposed Blueprint Revenue Raisers

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has suggested that the three revenue raisers (i.e., the border adjustment tax, elimination of certain itemized deductions and elimination of business interest deductions) proposed in the House Republicans’ Blueprint do not have support in the Senate, and he does not believe they will pass. However, Senate Republicans have yet to offer an...

Senator Mitch McConnell Believes Tax Reform Should Be Revenue Neutral

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated in an interview that tax reform must be revenue neutral given the current national debt of $21 trillion and due to the lack of support from Democrats which will require Republicans to use budget rules that allow pushing through permanent tax changes with only 50 votes. Read more: McConnell Wants Revenue-Neutral Tax Plan, at Odds With...

Tax Reform by End of Year Still a Goal

House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against creating an artificial deadline but still described overhauling the tax code by the end of 2017 as a goal, with the House, Senate, and White House all working together on comprehensive tax reform. Despite previous hesitancy regarding the border adjustment from the Trump Administration, Ryan defended the House Republicans’ proposed border...

Brady and Roskam Announce Hearing on Tax Reform

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam have announced that the first hearing on tax reform, focusing on policies to benefit economic growth and job creation, will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Chairman Brady indicated that tax reform legislation could be introduced in June. Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and...

Tax Reform in 2019?

Wall Street analysts are generally in agreement that the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act will delay tax reform. Predictions on the tax legislation timeline run the gamut, from the second half of 2017, into early 2018, or even 2019 depending on reform progress as the midterm elections near. Tax Reform Could Be Pushed to 2019 as GOP Focuses on Health...

Mnuchin Predicts Three Percent Economic Growth

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin states that tax reform and regulatory relief will help realize an economic growth rate of three percent within two years.  Despite concerns over funding for the Whitehouse tax reform plan, Mnuchin sees several ways to offset lost revenue and is hopeful for bi-partisan support as he continues to work with congressional leadership. Read more at:...

Trump’s Tax Plan Causes Divisions Within the Republican Party

Following a two-day tax policy retreat, Peter Roskam, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Taxation, indicated that the committee is still committed to writing tax reform legislation that is revenue neutral and therefore can be permanent under the Senate’s budget reconciliation rules. That contrasts with Trump’s tax plan, which is projected to increase the federal...

Border Adjustment Tax Unlikely to be Part of Reform Effort According to Top Senate Republican

Senator John Cornyn, the Senate Majority Whip, stated yesterday that the border adjustment tax, proposed by House Republicans, was likely dead.  While the Trump administration’s guidelines regarding tax reform advocated for a switch to a territorial system, they did not specifically endorse a border adjustment mechanism. According to Senator Cornyn, enough Republican senators have...

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