White House Wants to Push Tax Overhaul Without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats.

It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over the administration’s outlines for cutting tax rates, which would repeal several taxes that target the wealthy but eliminate many deductions they use. Democratic lawmakers say the rough sketch of an overhaul released Wednesday would favor the wealthy and blow a deep hole in the federal budget.

The administration official suggested the White House might also work around a Senate rule that requires a 60-vote majority to pass bills that increase the deficit over the longer term, in an effort to make their tax code rewrite permanent law.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss private deliberations.

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