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Tax Reform Outline to be Released Week of September 25

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady announced that a tax reform framework that identifies the “consensus” core elements of tax reform will be released the week of September 25 when Congress returns from their break. Brady also confirmed that the objective is still to enact tax reform legislation this year and that the intention is to do so through budget reconciliation....

White House Legislative Director Hopes for Bipartisan Support for Tax Reform Bill

Legislative Affairs director Marc Short, acknowledging that the reconciliation process leaves little room for error, stated that he is hopeful some Democrats, including members of the Blue Dog Coalition and the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, as well as red state Democrats in the Senate, will support the passage of a tax reform bill.  Short expects that tax reform legislation will...

Republicans Close to a Unified Tax Reform Framework

House Speaker Paul Ryan, addressing an audience at the New Balance shoe factory in Massachusetts, stated that White House and Congressional leaders are nearing agreement on a tax reform framework.  Speaker Ryan suggested that lowering the current corporate tax rate of 35 percent to a 20 percent rate, through the closing of loopholes and special interest deductions, is a realistic...

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...

House Republicans Disclose Budget Plan

The House GOP has unveiled its budget plan, calling for extensive cuts in federal spending, including federal employee benefits, financial industry regulations and welfare expenditures, that total over $200B.  Along with anticipated accelerated economic growth, these cuts are intended to produce a balanced budget over the next decade.  While divisions among the House Republicans make...

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...

Rep. Brady Proposes 5-Year Phase-in for Border Adjustment Tax

Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady, proposed a five-year transition to switch to a border-adjusted regime. Companies would be able to deduct most of their imported costs initially with a slow phase out of the deductions. The phase-in would be applied equally to the treatment of exports, which would gradually become fully exempt. Read more here:  Brady...

DeSantis Joins Growing Ranks of Republicans Opposed to Border Adjustment Tax

Ron DeSantis (Fla.), is the latest member of the House Republicans to come out against the border adjustment tax.  DeSantis argues that it is a major impediment to tax reform, speculating that its inclusion in reform legislation would not garner the necessary support from Congress or the White House.  DeSantis promotes pairing tax cuts and spending cuts to fund tax reform and argues...

Border Adjustment Tax Faces Looming Demise

House Speaker Paul Ryan, on Wednesday, acknowledged that tax reform legislation could exclude a border tax provision.  The controversial tax has faced criticism from several fronts, including some of Ryan’s fellow House Republicans, as well as the Senate and the White House.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has confirmed that President Trump is not in favor of backing a border...

House Ways and Means Committee Holds First Hearing on Tax Reform.

Led by Chairman Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on tax reform Thursday. The hearing and witnesses focused mainly on provisions advanced by House Republicans in their Blueprint, including immediate expensing and the impact of a lower corporate tax rate on investment and manufacturing. The witnesses testifying before the Committee included: John J....

Congressional Republicans Undecided on Border Adjustment Tax

Despite support from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Paul Ryan’s proposed border adjustment tax appears to lack support among rank and file House Republicans, raising serious questions as to the likelihood of passage.  Even if the bill manages to garner the necessary votes to pass the House, Sen. Lindsey Graham has said that the legislation...

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...

Comey’s Dismissal May Impede Reform

The firing of FBI Director James Comey could weaken President Trump’s bargaining power with Congress and the administration’s ability to push legislation.  Possible outcomes may include tax reform delays or a reform package much more similar to the House Republicans’ Blueprint plan rather than the White House agenda.  Delay Seen, again, on Trump Growth Agenda after...

House Republicans Divided Over Means to Pay for Tax Reform

House Republican leadership is committed to a tax reform plan that does not add to the deficit, paying for tax cuts with a Border Adjustment Tax and the removal of deductions.  Other members of the House majority support lower rates regardless of the immediate effect, arguing that resultant long-term economic growth will outweigh short-term costs. House Republicans Struggle with Cost...