Trump tries wooing Democrats over tax-reform bill

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On the menu: tax cuts.

"I'm hoping that in October we get a budget resolution out of a conference committee so that both the House and Senate have passed the final budget legislation", Toomey said.

Then Mnuchin, a top tax adviser to Trump, said, "I don't know if we'll be able to achieve that, given the budget issues, but we're going to get this down to a very competitive level".

He explained that McConnell is now saying that tax reform might have to wait until 2018.

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Conservatives fear these concerns are warranted due to the strong connections to Democrats of the administration's two key leaders on tax reform (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn) and the desire of Trump to avoid another legislative embarrassment when he failed to pass the repeal and replace of Obamacare as he promised, despite Republican control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

According to Reuters, White House representatives have not yet responded as to whether Trump intends to sign the resolution.

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said in a statement he would continue to fight for a simpler tax code, but "we must do this without adding to our staggering debt".

The as-yet-undrafted bill to overhaul the tax code is the top priority for Trump and Republicans.

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Heitkamp traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One last week when he spoke broadly about the tax plan in her home state of North Dakota. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have stood in the way of any budget until they see a clearer outline of the tax reform package leadership wants to bring forward.

He said a tax reform bill would be worked on simultaneously through committees sometime by late September.

Trump's legislative affairs director, Marc Short, said at a Christian Science Monitor event, "We think that what's best for the American people is a 15-percent corporate rate right now". John Thune of South Dakota, said the White House is making an earnest effort at bipartisanship.

Trump may visit as many as 13 states to sell his planned tax cuts to voters in coming weeks, the White House said. Some of his fellow Republicans have been clamoring for more details on the evolving tax plan before they are willing to advance the budget.

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