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Scalise: Tax Reform Bill Changes May Lure Opponents Back

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By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 09:39 AM

House Republicans worked hard to address the matter of state and local tax deductions, and once the Senate returns a bill with even more tax cut improvements, the handful of lawmakers who voted against the measure on Thursday may "have a chance to vote for it then," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said Friday.

"We worked really hard to address what you're referring to as the SALT issue to push even more tax cuts down to the middle class families, even the higher-income families," the Louisiana Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"You'll see tax cuts at every income level, and that's why you saw a number of New Yorkers vote for the bill. This bill will come back from the Senate with even more improvements, and maybe they could have a chance to vote for it then."

Five Republicans representing New York, four from New Jersey, three from North Carolina, and one from California did not vote for the bill on Thursday.

Several items remain vital in the bill, though, and Scalise said House Republicans want to make sure the right policies remain in the final product being sent to Trump's desk for a signature, including removing the death tax.

"Most people know if you grow a small business, it has already been taxed multiple times," said Scalise. "You shouldn't threaten to take the business away because the owner dies. They ought to pass it on to their family."

Meanwhile, the corporate tax cuts will make the United States competitive once again.

"Look, we have the highest tax rate in the industrial world, and we're watching tens of millions of jobs shipped overseas," said Scalise. "Those are good jobs, and we want to bring those jobs back so that we can rebuild the middle class."

Scalise also said he believes a move in the Senate version of the tax legislation to end the Obamacare individual mandate will be well received in the House.

"We passed repeal of the individual mandate in many different ways with full repeal, in other bills we've had in the House," said the lawmaker.

"We've proven we can get the votes . . . I hope the Senate is able to get that included in the final product when they pass their bill. It takes 50 votes over there, and I think they'll get it, and if they do, that would be a real good item for discussion here in the final conference report."

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