Trump plans to release tax overhaul in early September

Posted June 21, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is expected to focus on the importance of accomplishing permanent tax reform in 2017 and the need to incentivize companies to keep their business in the USA during his speech to the National Association of Manufacturers Tuesday.

Ryan said he doesn't plan to "cast about for quick fixes and half-measures".

"We need to get this done in 2017", he will say, according to excerpts distributed by his office.

"We'll cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms". "Transformational tax reform can be done, and we are moving forward".

"Real tax reform means slashing our corporate tax rate as low as possible", Ryan said.

Tax policy would gain momentum if Republicans can pass a health law that repeals parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and cuts hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes that wouldn't have to be addressed as part of a tax plan.

Ryan and Mnuchin are among six officials trying to agree on tax reform in closed-door discussions aimed at producing legislation in September.

Reforming the tax code has taken a back seat to repealing the Affordable Care Act, which Senate Republicans are now focused on.

In an interview on CNBC after the speech, Ryan said the border adjustment tax is not dead but noted that the Senate is developing an alternative. It remains unclear, however, whether Congressional Republicans can overcome their infighting over government spending and healthcare legislation to push the tax reform legislation.

Ryan's office said, "He will not litigate the issues now being resolved between the House, Senate, and (Trump) administration, but he will describe the important components of any reform".

Pledging the biggest overhaul to taxes since the Reagan era, Trump's campaign revolved around reinstating economic prosperity for "left behind" Americans.

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"I don't really think that accurately reflects the president's sentiment in the House health care bill". That won't be easy because there are big disagreements among Republicans over spending levels for the military and for domestic programs.

Other agenda items, most notably the overhaul of the healthcare system, also may hold up the progress, as well as the cloud of the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. He's serious about tax giveaways - for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

He said tax reform is about "looking down the road, it's about planning for the future, leaving a legacy".

"There hasn't been a sense of urgency on either side of Pennsylvania Avenue", said Moore, who advised Trump's campaign on tax matters.

Ware believes the White House's priority and pace of handling probes, headlines and health-care reform has left the market pessimistic that tax reform will be passed in 2017. But he indicated openness to finding other ways to achieve the goal of promoting American manufacturing and keeping companies in the U.S. "We in the House have our own idea, and that is one of the things that we are discussing with the administration".

"Adding $1 trillion to the cost of the tax bill would make it even harder to make it revenue neutral". It could also determine whether the GOP will retain control of the Senate and also the House in midterm elections to be held in 2018.

"I am here to tell you: We are going to get this done in 2017", he said.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee's tax-policy subcommittee, criticized House Republicans for waiting 11 months after the release of their "Better Way" tax blueprint to start holding hold hearings, and called for additional hearings on the topic.

"I know that the cynics and naysayers are out in full force".

But Republicans continue to disagree on various components of a tax bill, in addition to whether tax reform should be permanent.

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