White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters on Tuesday the next phase of U.S. tax reform will not happen during the final months of 2018, the “lame duck” period when Republicans will still control Congress.
A follow-up to Republicans’ 2017 tax overhaul could be passed in the new session of Congress starting in January, Kudlow said, even though Democrats will hold the majority in the House of Representatives, the chamber that writes revenue and spending legislation.
Many changes were being considered “to make the code more efficient and more pro growth, … flatter rates for everybody, particularly middle class people, get rid of the loopholes,” Kudlow said to reporters at the White House.
“None of this I think will happen” with the current Congress, he added. “I don’t see it.”
When a reporter asked about Democrats’ control of the House, Kudlow said: “That doesn’t mean we couldn’t get something in the new session.”
President Donald Trump said last month his administration was planning to roll out plans for a 10 percent tax cut for middle-income people before the Nov. 6 congressional elections.
Reporting by Mike Stone; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum
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"I don't know how much political damage that tweet is going to do, Neil, but certainly I think there was a lot of damage here at the White House to a collective group of foreheads as people went like this..." Roberts said, while mimicking someone smacking their forehead in frustration. "...as the President tweeted that out right in the middle of the hearing."
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'Poignant and Perfect'
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They did not.
As she stood and began to walk away, audience members in the gallery cheered, and gave Ambassador Yovanovitch a standing ovation.
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