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Conservative groups unite over Trump tax overhaul

Conservative groups unite over Trump tax overhaul (SBG)

At an event on Capitol Hill Thursday, Republican leaders made the hard sell on tax reform, one day after President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to the country.

“This is our year to chart a new course for America,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

In Indianapolis Wednesday, President Trump said it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

“We're going to cut taxes for the middle class, make the tax code simpler and more fair,” he said.

The plan calls for increasing the standard deduction, getting rid of the alternative minimum tax, reducing the number of individual income tax brackets, ending the estate tax and also calls for lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

“Every American who pays taxes will see their marginal tax rates reduced,” said Grover Norquist, president of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform.

Norquist said in an interview he is not optimistic any Democrats will support the plan.

“If you go back the last 20 years the two parties differ on the tax issue more than any other. Republicans will vote for tax cuts. Democrats will not vote for reductions in taxes,” he said.

That division stems from a difference in opinion about priorities, said democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).

“I think it’s as likely that this tax bill will pay for itself that Mexico will pay for that wall,” he said.

He and other critics say the math simply doesn’t add up.

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