Reid, McConnell Discuss Possibility of Tax Reform

The U.S. tax code “is ‘ripe’ for reform and fixing it will be a top priority for Democrats this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Thursday,” Reuters reports.

Both parties agree the voluminous tax code needs a rewrite and the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House of Representatives will begin hearings soon on an overhaul.

"I do believe the country is ripe for tax reform," Reid said at a news conference. "Our tax system is broken and needs to be fixed."

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said his party also backed an overhaul, but that President Barack Obama needed to take the lead.

"We all know the tax code is a disaster and any effort to simplify the tax code, to get the rates down, to make it more fair, I think we’d be open to discussing that," McConnell said.

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2 responses to “Reid, McConnell Discuss Possibility of Tax Reform

  1. betty todd

    Why does Obama need to take lead on tax revision? what are you senators getting paid those big bucks for????? McConnell wants the president to do the senators jobs. If Obama was a white president would he ask him to get involved in everyday activities?

    • JMS

      In response to your last question, yes. Playing the race card without a plausible connection between the issue and race doesn’t work.

      And it’s fairly normal for the President to be the force behind major legislative projects – legislators hammer out the details, but the President’s encouragement is usually needed to persuade legislators to take on anything controversial – in part because if it goes wrong, legislators can blame the President.

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