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House GOP pushes off final consideration of end-of-year tax package

November 30, 2018

House GOP leaders have pushed off a floor vote on an end-of-year tax package as lawmakers work to round up votes among their members.

The delay puts the package, which was unveiled Monday, in jeopardy of stalling out before it really gets off the ground. Lawmakers are in a time crunch and have to deal with a number of other priorities before heading home for the holidays, including must-pass spending bills and a farm bill package.

The package cleared an initial procedural hurdle in the House on Thursday, and a more extensive debate had been tentatively scheduled to take place Friday morning. But a House vote on the full package will now have to wait until at least next week.

The measure extends breaks for a number of temporary provisions, includes tax relief for victims of recent natural disasters, and makes minor fixes to the Republican tax-cut law.

It also includes elements of the GOP’s “Tax Reform 2.0” that passed the House earlier this year, including items aimed at boosting retirement savings, reforming the IRS and providing benefits to small businesses.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady also added language to try to wind down new taxes on fringe benefits that charities, churches and other nonprofit groups provide their employees, including items like parking spots.

Democrats said they could theoretically support some parts of the package but added the GOP was trying to ram through another tax plan with little debate before lawmakers split town for the week.

It was already facing a tough slog in the more evenly divided Senate, where it would need support from at least some Democrats to pass.

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