Tax fight clouds prospects for passing budget in House

GOP group launches new $2M pro-tax reform ad blitz ahead of budget vote

As for the leadership's posture on the issue as these lawmakers demand changes, he said, "they are holding firm on not budging". "I'm open to looking at anything", he said. They passed the measure 10-2, meaning floor votes could happen as early as Wednesday.

Republican leadership in the House is promising to pass the Senate's budget, a move that will allow GOP senators to push for a comprehensive overhaul of the US tax code without fear of Democratic opposition derailing their efforts.

The new spot, titled "Tax Cut", will run in 32 congressional districts across the country, including in those seats held by Republican Reps.

The almost $6 trillion GOP plan calls for steep tax cuts for corporations and promised reductions for middle-income taxpayers, a doubling of the standard deduction used by most Americans, shrinking the number of tax brackets from seven to three or four, and the repeal of inheritance taxes on multimillion-dollar estates. "House Republicans will be allowed to vote their conscience on the GPT bill". "Budget deficits are not a revenue problem but a spending problem", Bennett said.

"They think the main thing is the main thing, and the main thing is tax reform", said Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, a former chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

Rep. Richard Neal, the senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, said of the Republicans, "Right now, even as we speak, they appear to be going wobbly on some of the issues they've raised with great certainty in previous weeks".

Republicans from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, California and IL have been negotiating behind the scenes with Republican leaders, hoping to either preserve the deduction or find some sort of compromise.

The Senate's 2018 budget plan, passed last week, is similar to the House version that passed earlier this month, though it doesn't include additional spending cuts secured by House conservatives.

The atmosphere of compliance emerged after President Trump called on House members to support the Senate budget language in a Sunday conference call to speed passage of the tax bill. One said leaders "are feeling good" about the Thursday vote but acknowledged talks are underway.

"If the deductibility of SALT is just wholesale gone, I don't think it can pass the House", he said.

House Republican leaders have already shown a willingness to make major changes to their tax cut plan in order to avoid a political brawl.

Two House GOP aides said late Tuesday that party leaders are working with the concerned members toward a deal.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017. He said Republicans plan to meet again on Wednesday to continue the conversation, and that he's now not ready to vote for the budget resolution Thursday - a key precursor to consideration of tax legislation.

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