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Senate Approves Budget, Easing Path Toward Tax Reform Legislation

The Senate approved a budget for 2018 with language permitting a simple majority vote on tax legislation through reconciliation. The budget language allows tax legislation to add up to $1.5 trillion dollars to the deficit over a decade, which the budget blueprint balances by assuming greater economic growth, cuts in spending and an accounting method that does not include Social...

McCain Announces Support for Budget Resolution

Sen. John McCain buoyed GOP tax reform hopes by announcing his support for the Senate budget resolution, set for a vote later this week.  Debate on the resolution began midday Tuesday following a 50-47 vote, split along party lines, to move the process forward.  While Sen. John Thune expressed optimism toward passing the resolution, some Senate Republicans remain uncommitted, including...

Trump Tempers Tax Reform Timing Expectations

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at an October 16th White House news conference, acknowledged that the tax code rewrite may not occur by year’s end, though the goal remains to accomplish reform in 2017.  With the release of a detailed tax plan still pending, Republicans are faced with disputes regarding how to tax corporations, the fate of the estate tax, and...

Senate Republicans to Vote on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Senate Republicans anticipate voting on the fiscal year 2018 budget this week, allowing their tax plan to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next ten years.  The resolution will also contain provisions allowing the GOP to pass the tax reform bill, promised to be brought to the floor by year’s end, by a simple majority and avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.  While...

GOP Releases Tax Reform Framework

The White House and Congressional Republicans have released the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. The goals for the Framework, which is described as a template for the tax-writing committees, include providing tax relief for the middle class; simplifying the tax filing process; providing tax relief for businesses (with an emphasis on small businesses); ending incentives...

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....

Ryan Anticipates Release of Tax Reform Plan by Autumn

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Congressional tax writers are close to unveiling their template for tax reform and that he anticipates its release this fall, followed by the passage of legislation before the end of the year.  Speaker Ryan also confirmed that the goal is to lower the corporate tax rate to the industrialized average of 22.5%, noting that President Trump’s goal of a...

Heller Foresees Tax Reform Passage in December

Senator Dean Heller, a Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, stated that the best case scenario for tax reform is legislation passing in late December of this year.  He predicted that the tax reform bill will lower rates, apply retroactively, and will attempt to decrease some regulations.  Senator Heller anticipates a half dozen tax reform hearings from his committee prior...

Republicans Divided Between Tax Reform and Tax Cuts

Facing a low presidential approval rating, failed health care reform, and impending midterm elections, the GOP wants to move quickly on tax legislation but is undecided on the actual package to present.  Some Republicans support scaling back reform to focus on tax cuts, in the hope of avoiding drawn out negotiations over eliminating tax expenditures and closing loopholes.  Other party...

Joint Statement on Tax Reform Issued; BAT Abandoned

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued a joint statement on tax reform that sets out a broad framework for moving forward on tax reform. Most notably,...

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...

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