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Dems on tax reform outreach: Talk is cheap

Dems on tax reform outreach: Talk is cheap

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Washington, DC, July 13, 2017 | comments

Democrats say they have little reason to believe that Republicans are serious about doing tax reform on a bipartisan basis, saying they have yet to put meaningful action behind their words.

While Republicans have expressed an interest in bipartisanship on the issue and held a few meetings with Democratic lawmakers, they are also planning to pass tax-reform legislation through a process known as reconciliation, which would allow a bill to pass the Senate with only GOP support.

Additionally, key Republicans are working to reach agreement on a tax framework in talks that Democratic lawmakers have not been invited to.

The lack of deep bipartisan outreach is frustrating Democratic lawmakers, who say they agree with Republicans that the tax code needs to be overhauled.

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