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White House Hints at More Aggressive Tax Reform Push

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Jonathan Curry

The White House plans to make a concerted push to promote tax reform as early as the week of August 28, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said August 24.

Tax reform is “certainly going to be a big focus in the fall,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “We’re going to look at a lot of different ways in which to talk about that and present that to the American people [while] working with Congress to make that happen.”

Exactly when that effort will kick off remains unclear. Sanders told reporters to expect an announcement “in short order, probably next week.” The White House did not respond by press time to Tax Analysts’ request to expand on what that push will look like.

Sanders’s announcement comes as some Republicans have expressed frustration that President Trump has failed to publicly promote tax reform over the August recess, choosing instead to dwell on controversies surrounding his administration. White House officials said at the end of July that Trump would be “on the road, helping us sell” tax reform throughout August, but the campaign-style events Trump has spoken at thus far have featured only cursory mentions of tax reform.

Sanders also dismissed suggestions of a rift between Trump and congressional Republican leadership, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying, “I think the relationships are fine.”

Earlier in the day, Trump fired off a series of tweets criticizing McConnell and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., over their handling of debt ceiling legislation, and he again singled out McConnell by name for failing to get enough votes to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “That should NEVER have happened!” Trump tweeted.

Sanders reiterated that Trump remains committed to repealing and replacing the ACA.

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