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Tax Overhaul Bill Could Be Released This Week

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Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 12:43 PM

A set of broad guidelines on a tax overhaul bill could be released as early as this week, according to people familiar with ongoing tax discussions between congressional leaders and White House officials.

Areas of agreement among House, Senate and White House leaders could be highlighted in the principles, which would likely be more than the one page outline that the White House released in April, but shorter than draft legislation, said one of the people, a Republican congressional staff member who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

The so-called Big Six — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady have been meeting weekly to discuss their priorities for a bill that would rewrite the tax code. GOP leaders have said it's crucial that a tax bill pass before the end of the year.

So far, officials have declined to reveal details about their discussions, and there hasn't been any indication that they've answered basic questions, such as how deeply to cut tax rates or whether the lost revenue should be offset, and how.

House members are currently scheduled to depart Washington for their August recess at the end of this week. Releasing guidelines before then would give members talking points when they go back to their districts.

"I think what you're going to see is an agreed-upon framework, but with significant meat on the bones," Rep. Tom Reed, a New York Republican, said earlier this week — though he stressed that the timing was unclear.

"The legislative process is being laid out to fill in the final details and the additional details."

President Donald Trump's top legislative aide said earlier this month that White House officials hoped to have a unified plan for overhauling the U.S. tax code in place before members of Congress left for their monthlong recess.

Ryan's office and the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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