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Scandal-Weary Republicans Return to Their First Love: Tax Reform

The odds of major tax legislation are growing longer, but GOP leaders held an initial hearing on Thursday to show they’re determined to forge ahead.
Source: Susan Walsh / AP

The odds that congressional Republicans can accomplish their once-in-a-generation goal of rewriting the federal tax code this year are growing longer with every passing, scandal-plagued day of the Trump administration.

But they are determined to show everyone that they’re forging ahead anyway.

That appeared to be the rationale of a much-hyped hearing the House Ways and Means Committee held on Thursday to formally kick off the GOP’s push to pass a major tax bill in the next few months. Party leaders had touted the hearing as evidence Republicans were forging ahead with their agenda in spite of the daily drama emanating from the White House, which has forced members of Congress to spend as much time investigating the president as they are legislating on

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