WASHINGTON – After a historic defeat on health care last week, Texas Republican Kevin Brady and other top GOP tax writers are headed to the Reagan Ranch in California to seek inspiration for their next project: tax reform.
Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has invited congressional tax writers to meet in Santa Barbara on Aug. 16 for a public event on tax reform.
The Republican from The Woodlands plans to spend the August recess selling a revamped version of tax reform without the controversial border adjustment tax that divided both the GOP and the business community.
Hoping to forge the intra-party consensus that eluded them on the repeal of Obamacare, Brady and his colleagues are hoping to bring President Donald Trump a much-needed legislative victory on taxes by the end of the year.
“We’re just going straight ahead [on tax reform],” Brady told reporters Friday. “If anything, because of the statement yesterday – despite the setback, the letdown on healthcare – I think people are awfully excited about being able to unify behind this in August and through the fall.”