Trump to rally House Republicans in favor of tax reform

President Trump plans to drum up support and enthusiasm for the Republican tax reform bill on Thursday when he makes the trek across town to address the House GOP conference.

But he doesn’t plan to suggest any tweaks to the legislation Republican leaders hope to pass just hours after Trump departs, a White House official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to go in there and say, ‘Hey, let’s change a bunch of stuff, we’re going to vote on this thing in an hour,’” the official said. “He’s not going to go in there and ask for specific policy changes or anything like that in the House.”

Trump has expressed hope that the tax reform bill Congress ultimately puts on his desk will repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate.

While the Senate’s version of the tax legislation includes that repeal, the House version does not.

Trump’s aim during his visit to Capitol Hill will be to “rally the troops in his own way,” however, and not to negotiate the details of the bill, the White House official said.

“While we do have some prepared remarks, in these settings, there’s a good chance that he takes it in whatever direction he’s feeling at the moment,” the official said of preparations for Trump’s address to the GOP conference. “I can’t imagine that he’s going to get up there and give a buttoned-down speech.”

The White House and congressional Republicans have spent months debating the finer points of the tax reform plan currently working its way through both chambers. While Trump laid out the framework of what he wanted to see in the final product — such as a 20 percent corporate tax rate and lower rates for the middle class — he left much of the minutiae to GOP members.

Republicans are hopeful they will send Trump a bill by the end of the year.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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