Congress in dark as Trump again touts mystery tax cut plan 

Posted: 7:50 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018

By Staff Writer

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would soon have the Congress press ahead on a new 10 percent tax cut for the middle class, though his declaration both about the unknown plan – and the schedule for action surrounding it – continued to leave fellow Republicans in the Congress confused over what the President was doing, and the tax details of what he was talking about.

As he left the White House on Monday afternoon for a campaign rally in Texas, the President was asked about his surprise Saturday statement in Nevada, where he indicated action was afoot on a new tax cutting package.

The President did not clear up the issue on Monday.

“We’re putting in a resolution some time in the next week or week and a half, two weeks,” the President said on the South Lawn of the White House. “We’re giving a middle income tax reduction of about 10 percent. We’re doing it now for middle income people.”




But on Capitol Hill, key players in writing any tax bill again had no comment to make, as reporters were referred to the White House by top Republicans in the Congress, while the White House was not providing any details on what President Trump had been saying to reporters.

While Congress is technically in session right now, no votes are expected in either the House or Senate until November 13, the week after the election.

It would be possible during that time frame for a GOP lawmaker to introduce a new tax-cut plan, but no votes would be possible until the lame duck session of the Congress in November.

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