Ryan says tax reform outline reflects consensus of lawmakers, administration

Lawmakers huddle on replacing Dreamer legislation

Lawmakers huddle on replacing Dreamer legislation

So far it has been a struggle, with differences emerging within the party over how low they can push tax rates and which deductions might have to be eased or eliminated.

Ryan says Trump wanted to "clear the decks" to deal with the aftermath of the hurricanes and create some breathing room for Congress to work on taxes. "And I don't want to open the door to that until we see what this tax plan looks like".

House Speaker Paul Ryan backed off months of promises that the Republicans' tax plan won't add to the nation's ballooning deficit, declaring Wednesday in an AP Newsmaker interview that the most important goal of an overhaul is economic growth.

"More and more, we're trying to work things out together".

The President is cutting deals with Democrats because he learned during the debt ceiling deal that Republicans complain, but they will mostly go along with whatever he agrees to.

People say 'you're holding up tax reform.' Really?

"I'm not going to mess with that", Ryan said. 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". "That is more important than anything else".

Ryan previously supported the so-called border adjustment tax to raise revenue to help pay for tax reform (the tax would have raised an estimated $1.2 trillion), and House Republicans said in the tax plan they released past year that they envisioned the plan being revenue neutral.

Saudi Arabia ambassador hits out at Qatar's policies
Qatar backed a democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown by the military in 2013. The four have also insisted that Doha scales down its relations with Iran, as part of conditions to renew relations.

Many GOP lawmakers are hungry for details about the upcoming tax plan.

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.

Earlier Wednesday, Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady met behind closed doors with GOP lawmakers to lay out a timetable on taxes, pledging a detailed blueprint from top congressional Republicans and administration officials in the final week of September.

Hatch was less committal on the content and timing of any new tax framework. He said tax cuts won't help the country get the kind of growth it needs and that an overhaul to the system will help attract businesses from other countries.

"No budget, no tax reform", Brady told the conference.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., was among those who said he is not willing to vote for a budget that could lead to another failure, this time on tax reform.

"It was thrown at him", said Representative Mark Sanford, Republican of SC and a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, referring to the fiscal deal.

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