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Trump Using Hurricanes As A Pitch For Tax Reform

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump told his cabinet Saturday that the administration should hasten its push for tax reform due to the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Irma.

“I think now with what’s happened with the hurricane, I‘m going to ask for a speedup. I wanted a speedup anyway, but now we need it even more so,” the president said Saturday.

The president urged Republican leadership to pass tax reform before Sept. 30, which is when the Senate’s budget reconciliation process expires. After that date, if the Senate were to try to reform the tax code under regular order, it would require 60 yes votes, and Democrats would have the opportunity to filibuster the bill.

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