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Mitch McConnell: Republicans will go it alone on tax reform


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday dismissed the idea that a bipartisan tax reform deal could be reached, and said Republicans plan to go it alone with a 51-vote procedure to pass legislation and thwart a Democratic filibuster.

"We have been informed by the majority of the Democrats in a letter I just received today that most of the principles that would get the country growing again they are not interested in addressing," McConnell said.


McConnell dashed the idea just as some Republicans and Democrats were talking about cutting a bipartisan tax deal, and suggesting the parties can work together if both sides are willing to drop the partisanship and cooperate.

Senate Republican Conference Committee Chairman John Thune said the GOP would be willing to try negotiating with Democrats on at least some part of tax reform rather than use the reconciliation process to pass legislation unilaterally with 51 votes.

"It would be nice if we could do something through the regular order process," Thune told the Washington Examiner. "And, I guess we should at least test the limits of what might be doable with Democrats."


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