US Republican tax code revamp hits House budget obstacle

Mac Thornberry

"We're just working really hard to get the final numbers put out", said Budget Committee Chairman Diane BlackDiane BlackHouse budget plan delayed again over welfare cuts Lawmakers celebrate National Selfie Day on Twitter Ryan: Some tax-reform provisions don't have to be permanent MORE (R-Tenn.).

Dent said he believes the pursuit of mandatory savings cuts may be endangering the GOP's plan to overhaul the tax code, since both are being discussed in the context of the budget reconciliation process.

"We've still got a few little pieces there we want to make sure we've still got all our members on board, and we're continuing to work to get that to happen", House budget chairwoman Dianne Black told reporters Tuesday.

The current deadlock is the result of a battle between conservatives demanding greater spending cuts and the committee chairmen who would carry them out.

"This [past] weekend, I think everyone of us had rallies and activities in our states and we're going to be doing that from the time we go home to the time we come back", Schumer stated.

"There was never an agreement on the $200 billion". "That number was thrown out as an offer, it was never agreed to, and so it's still a work in progress what we can do on the mandatory spending reductions".


While the Budget Committee members have no objection to a higher amount of mandatory savings cuts, their problem is getting the authorizing committee chairman to pony up the needed savings to meet the reconciliation target.

Conservatives are demanding greater cuts to benefit programs such as food stamps, but are meeting resistance from other Republicans, including Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who are balking at politically hard cuts to the program and the possibility of cuts to farm programs.

House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black has forged an agreement with the Armed Services panel to increase the Pentagon's budget by nearly $20 billion above President Donald Trump's request, with another $10 billion in war costs tacked on.

"There is agreement with the budget committee, armed services committee and appropriations committee on the topline for defense this year, as well as consistent steady growth in future years", said House armed services chairman Mac Thornberry.

"We're going to keep marking", said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole. But ultimately the path forward on a budget involves a deal with the Senate on either repealing, suspending or busting the spending caps in the Budget Control Act, he said.

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