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GOP senator: Border adjustment tax would be 'dead on arrival' in Senate

GOP senator: Border adjustment tax would be 'dead on arrival' in Senate

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) shot down House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE's (R-Wis.) call for a border-adjustment tax on Saturday, saying such a proposal would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate.

"Right now, in the Senate anyway, I think the border-adjustment tax is dead on arrival," Perdue told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. "It's a tariff, it's regressive on a low-income consumer and a middle-income consumer. It really is counter to growth."

"It's nothing but a tariff, and that's the last thing we need," he added of the proposal to tax imports and exempt exports.

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President Trump himself has in the past called for a border-adjustment tax on imports, and such a measure was the centerpiece of a tax proposal developed by Ryan and Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyTrump gets recommendation for steep curbs on imported steel, risking trade war Business groups pressing for repeal of ObamaCare employer mandate Watchdog: IRS issued bonuses to employees with conduct issues MORE (R-Texas), who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.

But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month that he didn't think the provision "works in its current form," and a tax proposal released by the Trump administration included no mention of a border-adjustment tax.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynLawmakers feel pressure on guns Kasich’s campaign website tones down gun language after Florida shooting Murphy: Trump’s support for background check bill shows gun politics ‘shifting rapidly’ MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, also appeared to close the door on a border-adjustment tax last month, saying it was "probably dead."