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Paul Ryan
If they can't even deliver tax reform - what exactly are they here for?

With the GOP failing to score a solid win on healthcare, Republicans now seem to be under increasing pressure to deliver a win on taxes for their party and the White House before the midterm elections.

Being two of the GOP’s top priorities at the beginning of the year, there were high expectations for success on ObamaCare repeal and tax reform, considering the fact that the party is in control of the House, Senate, and the White House.

With the Senate failing to pass the GOP’s healthcare legislation, the stakes seem to be even higher for the party on tax reform.

Tax reform is “now increasingly important to the economy, and increasingly important to Republicans’ political prospects in the future,” said Grover Norquist, President of the Americans for Tax Reform.

According to Norquist, GOP lawmakers, especially those up for reelection, need to deliver “spectacular” tax reforms, given the setback they received on healthcare.

He further explained that the GOP had made promises about how an Obamacare repeal and replace would boost economic growth, showing the true value of a Republican government. Hence, the GOP tax reform needs to give an even better upsurge to the economy.

On Tuesday, prominent Republicans also emphasized on the importance of tax reform that would augment economic growth.

“Important for Senate GOP to stay at table. #obamacare is collapsing. Regardless we are moving forward on bold #taxreform this year,” Kevin Brady (R-Texas) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and the man in charge of the tax reform bill in the House, posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Senate Finance Committee Chairman, expressed concerns that the healthcare debacle could take up a lot of time lawmakers have for a tax reform effort. However, he said that he’s going to press the matter and push ahead.

“It’s always going to be difficult to do both,” Hatch said. “There’s nothing easy around here, and especially with the close numbers that we have.”

On the other hand, some are of the belief that the latest setback on healthcare could actually motivate lawmakers to get a win on taxes.

“I think probably it will make people even more determined to get tax reform,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said.

Former Finance Committee aide, Dean Zerbe, said he’s expecting a “more fervent effort” from the Republicans on tax reforms, following their failure on healthcare.

“People are going to be focused because they need a win on the board,” he said.

According to experts, a comprehensive tax reform bill will be very tough to draft if healthcare legislation isn’t ready.

For Congressional Republicans, it was important to get done and over with healthcare before they moved on to tax reform because they wanted to repeal certain ObamaCare taxes. Hence, if lawmakers plan on repealing any of the ObamaCare taxes as part of a tax reform, they’ll need to come up with something to pay for those tax cuts.

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Tax Plan
Make Taxes Great Again?

On Wednesday, representatives from the automobile industry met with National Economic Council Director Gary and raised their concerns in regards to the Republicans’ proposal for border-adjustment tax.

President of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Cody Lusk stated, “America’s international nameplate dealers fully support federal tax reform but remain deeply opposed to the [border-adjustment tax] provision, which would drive up the cost of every vehicle on their lots by an average of $2,000 per vehicle.”

“We were grateful to have an opportunity to share our perspective with the White House, and we are optimistic that a well-crafted tax reform bill, minus the BAT, can make its way through Congress and to the president’s desk for his signature,” he added.

The administration had been actively meeting with groups from the auto industry, ever since they released their tax plan, back in April.

“Today’s meeting with stakeholders from the automobile industry is another step towards delivering comprehensive tax reform for the American people,” Cohn stated. “The White House continues to hear from business leaders across all industries that the tax and regulatory climate in this country makes it increasingly difficult to be competitive. The president and this administration remain committed to creating a tax system that will spur economic growth and bring jobs back to America,” he added.

The White House is yet to mention as to whether they shall be considering to include the border-adjustment tax in their tax bill. The border adjustment proposal that imposed a tax on imports while, exempting exports, was a part of the tax plan that was released by the House Republicans last year. While, its supporters would argue that it encourages companies to bring jobs back into the United States, it is still up for debate as to whether it can result in higher prices of goods.

John, Bozzella, CEO and president of Association of Global Automakers expressed his concerns by stating, “To grow our highly innovative and globally competitive auto industry, it is imperative that the BAT not be part of any tax reform proposal.”

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