(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — Despite finally having a Republican president to sign their bills into law, Republican lawmakers efforts to pass legislation have languished. They failed to repeal Obamacare, and although there is talk of a final desperate effort to do so, the GOP conference seems to have lost the will to make an all-out effort in other areas, too. They need urgently to snap out of their torpor, for the alternative is to confirm their critics' charge that they are incapable of governing.
The biggest concern is a lack of progress or any apparent sense of urgency on tax reform. With what seems like widespread agreement, at least on major principles, it's ridiculous that a bill hasn't even been introduced yet, and won't be by the end of the month.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced last week that an "outline" will be released on September 25, but we already know what the outline will look like. Tax rates will be cut for individuals and businesses. All but the most important deductions and credits will be eliminated. The Death Tax will die. In short, taxes will be lower, and filing will be simpler.
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That's great, but Republican politicians and their conservative base have long agreed on all of this. And we've already seen tax reform outlines from the White House and House Republicans. So what's the holdup?