Paul Ryan won't commit to a revenue-neutral tax plan

15 September, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Ora Austin
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing off months of promises that the Republicans' tax plan won't add to the nation's ballooning deficit.

"That is more important than anything else".

Earlier Wednesday, Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady met behind closed doors with GOP lawmakers to lay out a timetable on taxes, pledging a detailed blueprint from top congressional Republicans and administration officials in the final week of September. Even so, the question of whether tax cuts should be balanced with other budget savings to avoid worsening deficits has often caused tensions within the GOP.

The meeting followed another one between lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and President Donald Trump at the White House in which Trump said he would not seek to link border wall funding to legislative action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, The Hill reported. Ryan said a physical wall doesn't need to be constructed along the entire boundary, citing "circumstances on the ground that dictate how we do border security".

Trump administration officials and congressional Republican leaders are promising a new framework in two weeks for legislation that would overhaul the USA tax code - though they've shied away from releasing any details about how the changes would affect individuals or corporations.

The long list of difficulties has led some analysts to conclude that Congress is likelier to settle on straightforward tax cuts than on full-blown reform - if it passes anything at all.

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As they dined at the White House Tuesday evening on breaded veal and pie, President Donald Trump, his top economic advisers and a small, bipartisan group of USA senators had a wide-ranging discussion with a focus on tax reform that left Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey feeling hopeful.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have said they won't vote to pass a budget out of the House until they get more details on tax changes.

"That's a positive thing and it's good for the Republicans and good for the Democrats", Trump said.

Ryan said that removing the immigrants covered by the program is "not in our nation's interest".

Ryan says that window should give time for Congress to act. In Wednesday morning tweets, Trump promised "the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country" and urged Congress to move fast. He said the White House is "learning what works and I think they are improving". He said the plan would help spur 3 percent annual economic growth.

People say 'you're holding up tax reform.' Really? "And I don't want to open the door to that until we see what this tax plan looks like".



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