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Like spending items, the tax breaks all have their champions among federal lobbyists and the public, who argue that they often produce economic growth that outweighs the amount of revenue that the government forgoes.

In talking points released Tuesday, the White House said it will continue to go after deductions and tax credits for those with higher incomes: “The agreement leaves substantial scope for reducing tax expenditures for high-income households, reforming corporate taxes to broaden the base and cut the rate to make America more competitive, and to take further steps to reform entitlements.”