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Get back in there and run the tax cut play! (Illustration by Gary Varvel for Creators Syndicate)

Join the Tax Reform Coalition - now

It was two weeks ago that congressional GOP leaders unveiled their “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax System,” and its opponents (read: every special interest group that employs a tax lobbyist) have launched their campaigns to protect their loopholes.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speak to members of the media in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump pushes for end-of-year deadline for tax reform

- The Washington Times

President Trump on Monday seemed to be pushing back a year-end deadline for the GOP to get tax reform done, saying there’s still “a long way to go” and that it took President Ronald Reagan “years” to accomplish his overhaul of the tax code.

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