House Speaker Paul Ryan declined Wednesday to say the evolving Republican tax cut plan won't add to the nation's already mammoth budget deficits.
Asked twice whether he would insist the emerging tax plan won't pile more billions onto the $20 trillion national debt, Ryan passed up the chance to affirm that commitment.
Ryan said the outline that's coming this month would reflect agreement among the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate, and the administration. And some conservatives were voicing concerns about Trump's newfound fondness for making deals with Democrats, as he did last week on the debt ceiling with House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. "We're all for tax reform", said Rep. Scott Perry, a conservative.
The analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank, found Republicans might have to expand the federal budget deficit to cut the corporate rate to Trump's proposed 15 percent or to the 23 percent level sought by leading tax policymakers from Congress and the administration.
He said Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly called him from Air Force One on Thursday "to discuss what was discussed" between Trump and the Democrats.
"We want pro-growth tax reform that will get the economy growing, that will get people back to work, that will give middle-income taxpayers a tax cut, and that will put American businesses in a better competitive playing field so that we keep American businesses in America", Ryan said at an event hosted by the Associated Press.
White House legislative director Marc Short said Tuesday that, while the president remained committed to the wall, funding for it did not necessarily need to be linked directly to the "Dreamers" issue.
"Unfortunately the Republican tax principles we have seen so far have been largely vacuous, and I fear their updated framework to be released later this month will only be more of the same", Representative Richard Neal of MA, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.
Ryan said, "There is no agreement. We did a face plant on that exact logic", Brat said.
"The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin", the president tweeted.
"I just don't pay attention to this stuff", he said.
"We want to know what tax reform looks like. are you going to vote on it and then find out what's in it later?"