Trump Won't Like These Changes the GOP Reportedly Made on Tax Reform

Posted: Nov 09, 2017 3:05 PM
Trump Won't Like These Changes the GOP Reportedly Made on Tax Reform

UPDATE: The House Ways and Means Committee has voted the tax reform plan out of committee.

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President Trump won't like some changes that have reportedly been made to the Senate GOP's tax reform bill, expected to be released Thursday. For one, the Republican plan is now reportedly delaying the implementation of the lower corporate tax rate - from 35 percent to 20 percent - until 2019. Trump wanted it implemented as soon as possible.

At least some Republicans agree with the president, chiding their colleagues for staging this "gimmick" of a delay.

"There’s no need for that, that is nothing but a gimmick here in Washington, there’s no need for that," Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said on Wednesday. "We need to get this change in and get it in as soon as possible."

Furthermore, the Senate bill apparently will not include the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate. Including the provision, Republicans charge, will just open another controversial can of worms. Considering how poorly their prior health care effort went, they fear that trying to touch the Obamacare mandate will make it harder to pass tax reform.

Trump had been pushing for repeal to be part of the tax reform bill.

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The provision may, however, may be added to the Ways and Means Committee version of the bill, Politico notes.

CNBC has published a list of specifics in the new Senate bill and how it differs from the House version. For instance, the Senate bill contains seven different tax rates, while the House version reduces the number of income tax brackets to three. The Senate version doubles the exemption for the "death tax" without eliminating it. The House plan repeals the estate tax after six years.