House Majority Leader Says Tax Reform Is on 2017 Agenda

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Dec 8, 2016

House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R - California) said in a recent interview that people should expect Congress to take up tax reform sometime in 2017, according to Fox Business News. He said that House Republicans have already put together a plan that is close to what President-elect Donald Trump had been talking about. The House Ways and Means Committee will work on the specifics of the plan during the Christmas break so that they can hit the ground running at the start of the year. 

In other Congressional news, the House blocked efforts earlier this week to force a vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over accusations he obstructed efforts to investigate the service possibly targeting political groups, according to Bloomberg. While Rep. Jim Jordan (R - Ohio) tried to call for a privileged resolution that would have sped up a floor vote, the House voted overwhelmingly, at 342-72, to refer the matter to the House Judiciary Committee, which functionally takes matter off the agenda before the current Congress adjourns. Koskinen was the subject of impeachment hearings in May and June, but declined to show up at either of them. House members then began demanding a floor vote in July, which in September seemed likely to happen. If he is impeached, he would be the first time a presidential appointment had faced impeachment since 1876, according to Bloomberg, when Secretary of War under President Grant, William Belknap, was impeached over his involvement in the trader post scandal

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