Paul Ryan wants to ‘start 2018 with a new tax system’

Paul Ryan wants to ‘start 2018 with a new tax system’
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.) has an ambitious goal: get tax reform signed into law by the end on 2017 to take effect next year.

"The whole point here is an aggressive timeline to see tax reform done this year," Ryan told the Associated Press Wednesday. We "have to get this done," he added.

Ryan argued that tax reform will be easier to pass through Congress than the repeal of ObamaCare, which failed in the Senate in July.

"Look, we ran on tax reform. It was one of the crowning issues in our Better Way agenda," Ryan explained. "Now, the House, to its credit, has been passing this agenda. The House passed its health care bill. The House today, no, tomorrow, is going to pass all 12 appropriations bills ahead of schedule. That hasn't been done in a long, long time."

"Tax reform is one of those things that is a signature issue for us, we ran on it, we are well known for being passionate about it and we can use the procedurals so we can avoid the filibuster, so yes," Ryan said. "We do have to get this done."

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President Trump seems to share Ryan's urgency, and pressed Ryan and other congressional leaders to pass tax reform quickly in a tweet Wednesday morning.

"The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin," the president tweeted. "Move fast Congress!"

Trump met with a bipartisan group of senators on tax reform this week, a meeting that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said was "highly productive."

“Through bipartisan outreach efforts like this, President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to fulfilling his promises, and that includes producing tangible results on important issues like tax reform,” the White House said Wednesday, adding that the meeting “will spur constructive discussion moving forward.”