President Donald Trump and members of Congress have intensified the drive recently for a tax code rewrite. As North Dakota's former tax commissioner, I understand how much these issues directly impact North Dakota families, farmers, and workers - which is why any tax reform plan must be done with their best interest in mind. "We know what direction we're going in, and there's some language, but we're not prepared to disclose that yet", said Sen.
Now, Trump is trying to jump-start his legislative agenda beginning with tax cuts and tax reform. The list includes that an overhaul not add to the deficit, not increase the tax burden on the middle class, and that it be considered under regular congressional procedures, rather than fast-tracked using rules that can avoid a Senate filibuster. So far it has been a struggle, with differences emerging within the party over how low they can push tax rates and which deductions would have to be eased or eliminated.
Republicans are working on their own tax plan.
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On Twitter Wednesday, Trump says: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin".
The Trump administration last week also formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA - a program that had protected almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
Divisiveness and partisanship has been a hallmark of the Congress and the presidency in recent years.
Trump surprised his fellow Republicans when he bypassed them last week to strike a deal with congressional Democrats to move quickly on aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey and to raise the ceiling on government money borrowing until mid-December, the release explained.
Gottheimer said he "raised the importance" of the deduction with Trump on Wednesday. Now we have a deadline to get this done to make sure that these kids - that the only country they've ever known is America, that they get to stay here.