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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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This Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, file photo shows Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rep. Tom Reed: Compromise on state and local tax deduction gaining traction

A key House tax-writer on Tuesday said an emerging compromise to shield the state and local tax deduction from getting eliminated entirely appears to be "gaining traction," as lawmakers prepare to release legislative text for their planned tax overhaul on Wednesday. Published October 31, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Texas Republican, said the budget approval Thursday "allows us to move quickly toward a tax reform plan that's going to create jobs, grow paychecks and leapfrog America into the lead as one of the best places on the planet for new jobs." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

White House wants House to pass tax bill by Thanksgiving

The White House on Monday laid out an "aggressive" timeline for tax reform that envisions the House passing legislation by Thanksgiving to get a package to President Trump by the end of the year. Published October 30, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called her colleagues to arms against Republican tax reform she says will "raise taxes on the middle class before the American people can see the damage it will cause." (Associated Press)

'Accountability' needed for GOP plan, critics say

With the release of a House GOP tax bill days away, Democrats and liberal groups are working overtime to mobilize their supporters to try to derail or delay Republicans' next big-ticket agenda item. Published October 29, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have his first indictment from a federal grand jury in Washington, and the target could be taken into custody as soon as Monday. (Associated Press/File)

Mueller investigation enters new phase: Criminal charges

Washington is steeling itself for the next phase in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference into the presidential election last year, and the first charges stemming from the probe are reportedly imminent. Published October 29, 2017

Republicans said the Congressional Budget Office made bad predictions about how Americans would have responded to legislation moving toward the repeal of Obamacare. (Associated Press/File)

CBO defends powers amid Republican criticism over bad budget forecasts

When California went to court this month to challenge President Trump's cancellation of "cost sharing" Obamacare payments, the states repeatedly pointed to a Congressional Budget Office study projecting that nixing the payments would leave 1 million more Americans uninsured. Published October 29, 2017

Sen. Tim Scott (center), South Carolina Republican, said the top end of "middle-income" earners top out at $250,000, and decried Democrats who claim "millionaires and billionaires start at $250,000, so I'm not going to put  weight on what they think unless they're willing to actually negotiate." (Associated Press)

Republicans say tax overhaul's aim is to help 'middle' earners

Republicans say their planned tax overhaul is aimed at providing a tax cut to "middle-income" Americans, but they have yet to say exactly where they draw the line and who qualifies as middle-class people worthy of protections. Published October 25, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tells the media and the public to "forget about" President Donald Trump's latest Twitter fights and focus instead on cutting taxes, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP leaders in big push to back Senate budget plan

House GOP leaders plan to pass the Senate's recently approved 2018 budget blueprint through the lower chamber in the coming days and could release actual tax legislation shortly afterward, as they try to press forward with their goal of passing tax reform by year's end. Published October 24, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rubio, other conservatives push for expansion of child tax credit

As Republicans close in on finishing up the budget process, they will soon have to confront a number of under-the-radar tax issues that could well inflate the price tag of their overhaul even more, such as how much to expand the child tax credit and how much interest on debt they'll let businesses deduct. Published October 22, 2017

Senators move closer to final passage of 2018 budget

The Senate on Thursday was moving toward the final passage of a federal budget for fiscal year 2018, as Republicans look to unlock the process for getting a massive tax deal done without having to bother working with Democrats. Published October 19, 2017