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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Holds Back on Tax Bill Reaction

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Holds Back on Tax Bill Reaction
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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 03:35 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a muted reaction to the passage of the tax bill in the House Tuesday afternoon, as she pointed out that the legislation needs to clear a tight Senate vote before it heads to President Donald Trump's desk.

"We are still working on the details," Sanders told reporters during Tuesday's press briefing when asked about Trump's timeline for signing the bill if it makes it through the Senate chamber. "First, we want to make sure it gets passed. That's what we are focused on now. Helping make sure we see this through to the finish in the Senate."

Sanders was also asked about Trump's claim that the new tax brackets, should they pass in the Senate and become law, will cost him money on his own taxes. Sanders seemed to deflect and said the legislation is aimed at loosening the tax burden on all Americans.

"The president's focus has not been at all on himself, but it has been on the principles we laid out," Sanders said. "Priority No. 1, that it helps the American middle class. We know that this bill does that. That is one of the biggest reasons that the president has supported it, been engaged, and looks forward to signing in the coming days."

The House voted 227-203 to pass the GOP's tax bill, sending the legislation over to the Senate for a vote that could occur as soon as Tuesday night.

At the end of the White House briefing, Sanders was again asked about how the tax plan could affect Trump's taxes.

"On the personal side, this could impact the president in a large way," she said.

Trump himself, however, posted a congratulatory tweet about an hour after the bill passed in the House and praised the Republicans who helped get it approved.

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The White House had a muted reaction to the passage of the tax bill in the House Tuesday afternoon, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointing out that the legislation needs to clear a tight Senate vote before it heads to President Donald Trump's desk.
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