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GOP Sen. Thune Puts Onus of Tax Reform on Obama

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 07:17 PM

President Barack Obama is all talk and no action so far on overhauling the nation's inefficient tax system, and he will have to come off the sidelines if Washington is to have any chance of enacting real tax reform this year, the Senate's third-ranking Republican told The Hill on Thursday.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said he is ready to start work on streamlining taxes, but that progress "will depend entirely on whether the White House wants to engage and really lean into it and put their shoulder into it."

Thune, at a joint House and Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, told the Hill that "so far" the Obama White House has "expressed an interest rhetorically " in tax reform, which Republicans see as key to helping the U.S. economy reach its full potential.

"But when push comes to shove, really engaging with Congress, we have not seen that,” he said.

Thune told The Hill that the climate for tax reform is more muted in Washington today than it was under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, when Thune was a congressional staffer.

"It was a very, very different time and a very, very different level of intensity," he said.

Thune and his fellow Senate Republicans are in the majority for the first time in eight years. They plan to challenge the president to work with them by putting several bills on his desk, including many that were blocked under the Democratic leadership of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

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President Obama is all talk and no action so far on overhauling the nation's inefficient tax system, and he will have to come off the sidelines if Washington is to have any chance of enacting real tax reform this year, the Senate's third-ranking Republican told The Hill.
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