House Republicans have managed to pass the tax reform bill. This is significant. It’s the first such reform passed in over 30 years. The next challenge will be to get it through the Senate.
House Republicans pass tax reform bill
House Republicans on Thursday passed a monumental bill to cut taxes on businesses and individuals, the biggest step yet in the GOP’s once-in-a-generation effort to overhaul the American tax system.
The tax reform plan passed the chamber with 227 votes in favor and 205 against.
To pass the bill, the House GOP had to overcome opposition from several of its members who live in high-tax blue states. Those lawmakers objected to the proposal’s curb on popular state and local tax deductions.
The House plan would permanently chop the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent and make other tweaks aiming to make businesses more competitive. It would reduce individual tax brackets to four from seven and make changes to several tax breaks. Among them, the bill would limit state and local deductions and the mortgage interest deduction, eliminate the personal exemption and nearly double the standard deduction.
The vote marks a significant achievement as Republicans push to put a tax bill on President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas. Trump, who along with most congressional Republicans ran on a pledge to trim taxes, went to Capitol Hill to push GOP lawmakers to support the bill before the vote.
Americans deserve a break on taxes. Washington has grown massively over recent years. Let them make some cuts instead of taxpayers.