But keeping GOP promises for large rate cuts won't be easy under those conditions, given the difficulty in eliminating popular deductions and tax breaks.
In an Aug 1 letter to President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate, 45 lawmakers led by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said a bipartisan effort would raise wages for workers, grow jobs, promote investment and modernize the tax system for USA businesses. He wants to flatten out tax brackets and lower rates at every level, but is also proposing a simpler tax system that he said will fit on a postcard.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at the event the sell for tax reform should resonate with those on both sides of the aisle and even addressed the argument often floated that reforming the tax code will only benefit the wealthiest Americans. "While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have chose to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform", said the officials in the statement.
The reconciliation process would allow the Senate to pass a tax bill with only 51 Republican votes, instead of 60 votes that would require the support of eight Democrats under regular order. "They can't accept failure on that, or it will be a completely wasted first year of the presidency". "While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have chose to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said GOP leaders should "follow the example of their members releasing some proposals with Democrats today" and engage in "serious bipartisan conversations", but she didn't specifically endorse the bipartisan proposals. It had seemed clear for months that there was no path for it in the Senate even if it passed the House. "And if he doesn't, then I guess we'll have to figure out from a congressional standpoint what we do".
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The White House is prepared for a long battle to pass tax reform this fall after setting an "aggressive schedule", an official said on Monday. "But I think the odds are, we're going to be lucky to get it down at all".
Last week, party leaders ditched plans for an import tax in recognition that the measure was divisive in the business world and becoming a barrier to tax cuts. The current corporate tax rate is 35 percent. "We respect the process in the House and the Senate and the committees to get that done". It can't say how it would prevent wealthy individuals from setting up tax shelters to take advantage of a reduced corporate rate.
The insurance industry notes they're legally required to reduce many customers' costs. His remarks came at a tax panel discussion sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by Republican donors Charles and David Koch that organizes supporters across the country to contact their members of Congress in favor of conservative legislation.
William Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an economist in George H.W. Bush's White House, said it appears that little progress has been made since the administration unveiled its tax goals in April. "How big is tax reform going to be?"