Paul Ryan won't commit to a revenue-neutral tax plan


On taxes, Trump himself added to the complications when he surprisingly declared, at a meeting with a bipartisan group of House members, that taxes on the wealthy would not go down under the GOP plan and might even go up.

Conservatives are waiting anxiously for those tax reform details.

And while I'm all for candidates having detailed understandings of major issues, it's pretty easy in this case to cut the Wisconsin Democrat some slack - because the GOP tax plan he's unfamiliar with doesn't yet exist.

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During a meeting with a group of bipartisan lawmakers, President Donald Trump told reporters that working on a bipartisan tax reform is a "positive thing".

According to a source in the room, Brady told Republicans at conference Wednesday that "the stakes are higher than ever that we deliver this year".

House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black of Tennessee said Wednesday it's unlikely that the budget resolution will reach the House floor this month.

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Democrats have said they will not rule out blocking key Republican legislative priorities to force a vote on DACA. The party controls only 52 of the chamber's 100 votes. Some lawmakers, including House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) have been clamoring for more details on the evolving tax plan before they are willing to advance the budget.

Rep. Dave Brat (R., Va.) said Mr. Brady's timeline was too plodding for his liking. Neither House Speaker Paul Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attended the dinner at the White House.

Ryan said the outline that's coming this month would reflect agreement among the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate, and the administration. "The House, the Senate and the White House are starting from the same page and the same outline, and then the tax writers are going to take it from there on the details". Republican leaders have dismissed concerns about the lack of information, saying that tax discussion is still in the early stages and details will be worked out by the relevant committees. "But I'm not totally confident about that". Ryan said a physical wall doesn't need to be constructed along the entire boundary, citing "circumstances on the ground that dictate how we do border security".

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"A tax cut, particularly one for the very wealthy, is not going to help Florida or Texas rebuild from these storms", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) said.