Democrats have said they will not rule out blocking key Republican legislative priorities to force a vote on DACA. The numbers are too hard; the health care fight revealed moderate senators' squeamishness about tax cuts for the rich; they have a math problem regarding the Byrd Rule (i.e. deficits beyond the budget window); and frankly, House and Senate dysfunction is so great that I thought the idea of proceeding on something as complex as tax reform was always a stretch.
But Trump's tweet misstated the headline corporate tax rate in China.
The state-and-local-tax deduction, or SALT, has always been a target for tax policy wonks who see it as an unwise federal subsidy that is mainly claimed by the wealthy.
Asked about that 2015 vow on Thursday, Ryan said he wouldn't bring a solution to the floor that doesn't have the president's support. He declared that removing them all is "not in our nation's interest".
House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Donald Trump took the right approach to phasing out a program that helped young immigrants living in the United States who were brought into the country as children. Democrats have criticized Republican plans as too favorable to the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
In the interview, Hatch said the tax-writing committees are "laser-focused on developing a tax-reform package that will provide relief to the middle class, hopefully increase wages and hopefully increase job growth here at home".
According to the source in the room, Brady told his Republican colleagues that the goal is for the House and Senate to complete the budget process by mid-October, adding that the budget was the "runway to land" tax reform.
There's a path for him to do that on tax reform if he is willing to work with the center of both parties.
"Narrow tax cuts won't fix that", he said. "You have to overhaul the system itself to put American businesses and the American economy in a much more competitive situation".
The challenges were immediately apparent as House Republicans left the meeting with Ryan and Brady complaining they still didn't know what was going on.
The idea that House Speaker Paul Ryan is somehow better off after the debt-ceiling deal or that the debt deal "cleared the decks" so tax reform could get done strikes me as rather delusional.
After Schumer and Pelosi had dinner at the White House Wednesday night, they said they had reached agreement with Trump to protect the DACA immigrants and fund some border security enhancements - not including Trump's long-sought border wall. Hints are already starting to emerge from the president's meeting Tuesday with a handful of Democratic senators from red states and Mr. Mnuchin's concession that the administration might be willing to seek a bipartisan deal if a Republican-only strategy is unworkable.
AshLee Strong, Ryan's spokeswoman, argued that Ryan's "position has not changed" and that he intends to pursue a "permanent tax reform plan that abides by reconciliation rules", which would require no increases to the deficit after 10 years.