Tax reform hearing appears to be delayed

Tax reform hearing appears to be delayed
© Greg Nash

The House Ways and Means Committee had planned to hold the first of several tax reform hearings next Thursday, but it looks like the hearing will likely be delayed.

A hearing on the House Republicans' border-adjustment proposal to tax imports and exempt exports had been expected on April 27, according to a Democratic aide. 

But under committee rules, hearings have to be announced one week ahead of time, and no hearing had been officially put on the books as of 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Axios reported that staff were being informed that the hearing would be delayed. 

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The apparent postponement of the anticipated hearing comes after President Trump said Thursday that he would like to see a vote on legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare next week. The Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over both tax and healthcare issues.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) have been closing in on a deal to make changes to the Republicans' healthcare bill, which was pulled from a planned vote in March. But it's unclear that the deal would actually be able to pass the House.

Congress will also have to pass a funding bill next week in order to avoid a government shutdown.

The Ways and Means Committee is planning to hold several tax reform hearings in the coming weeks. Republicans on the panel have been taking the lead on creating a tax reform bill that is based on a blueprint House Republicans released last year.

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin BradyOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel Senate expected to pass Russia sanctions bill for a second time White House pressuring House GOP to weaken Russia sanctions bill: report MORE (R-Texas) said that the committee "will soon be announcing congressional hearings on our blueprint starting next week."

A spokeswoman for Brady said that the committee is working on scheduling tax reform hearings that will be held after the April recess.