The 9-page framework document says little about specific taxes or tax breaks. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other speakers revealed no additional details at the briefing. But they did talk about their goal of a simpler tax code.
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee will have jurisdiction over efforts to write a tax reform bill.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he was in the House when Congress was developing the 1987 tax reform package.
Thanks to that package, “we went forward like never before,” Hatch said.
Hatch said he would like the effort to develop the new tax reform package to be a bipartisan project.
“I’m hoping we can bring Democrats and Republicans together in the best interests of our country,” Hatch said.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the House Ways and Means chairman, said he hopes Congress can get a tax package to President Donald Trump by the end of the year.
For more than a year, Republicans have been promoting the idea of simplifying the tax code enough to let most Americans file their taxes with a “fair, simple ‘postcard’ tax filing.”