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Diane Black Hopes for 'Swift Passage' of Tax Reform in the House

Diane Black Hopes for 'Swift Passage' of Tax Reform in the House
House Budget Comittee Head Diane Black (AP)

By    |   Friday, 20 October 2017 06:52 PM

Conservatives eager to "keep that train moving" on tax reform are dropping demands for billions in mandatory spending cuts ahead of House consideration of a Senate-passed budget, The Hill reported.

Among those ready to move forward with the budget bill are House Budget Committee head Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who had pushed for $203 billion in mandatory cuts in the Senate bill.

"In the House, I look forward to swift passage and to working with the president on tax reform, to provide relief to all Americans," Black said in a prepared statement, The Hill reported.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, also in on board with the Senate version.

"I will vote for the Senate budget and while I applaud the work that Chairman Black did in our budget committee to begin the process of mandatory spending reforms, at this point, achieving economic growth is the first priority and so I want to keep that train moving," he said, Brat told The Hill.

According to The Hill, the urgency for tax reform — and a legislative win — is behind the change of heart on massive tax cuts. The outlet also explained tthe budget is linked to tax reform because it includes special instructions allowing the tax bill to be shielded from a Senate filibuster — denying Democrats leverage.

"We don't want it dragging on forever, like health care did. That's when the swamp gets involved, and that's not good for the middle class," Brat told The Hill.

Conservative groups also are urging passage.

"Heritage Action is supportive of the Senate-passed budget because it moves us towards tax reform," Heritage vice president Dan Holler told The Hill. "On a parallel track, Republicans need to begin seriously tackling America's long-term spending challenges."

And 22 conservative economic organizations under the banner of the National Taxpayers Union sent a letter to House members urging they adopt the Senate budget, The Hill reported.

"The budget process serves many important purposes, but this year's iteration offers a unique opportunity to pass fundamental tax reform — far and away our nation's highest fiscal priority," it said, The Hill reported.

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