Mnuchin: More tax details coming shortly

Mnuchin: More tax details coming shortly
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMark Mellman: History’s judgment Trump's motorcade greeted with chants of 'lock him up' in NYC Treasury watchdog probes lack of tax plan analysis from Mnuchin MORE said Thursday that the White House and key congressional Republicans are likely to release more tax-reform details in the next several weeks.

Mnuchin told The Wall Street Journal that he expected a tax blueprint with more specifics to come out in the coming weeks, but that “it’s not a 100-page bill with every single detail.” 

The treasury secretary also said in a CNBC interview Thursday that people will "see the details come out later this month," likely referring to September.

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"It's going to go through a committee process, and we expect the House and the Senate will get this to the president to sign this year, and we couldn't be more excited about the progress we've made," Mnuchin told CNBC.

Mnuchin's comments come one day after President Trump launched his efforts to sell a tax code rewrite to lawmakers and the public in a speech in Springfield, Mo. Trump's speech didn't get into many specifics and instead focused broadly on why an overhaul of the tax code is needed to help the middle class.

"What the president is focused on is explaining to the American public why tax reform is important," Mnuchin said in his interview with CNBC. "it's about creating American jobs, it's about creating competitive business so that we can bring back trillions of dollars and have it invested here, and it's about a middle-income tax cut and tax simplification."

In his speech, Trump said that he ideally wants the tax rate on business income to be lowered to 15 percent. Mnuchin told CNBC that 15 percent is the "ideal rate" but that "wherever we end up, the objective is to get a competitive business rate." The corporate tax rate is currently 35 percent.

The Treasury secretary is a member of a group of administration officials and GOP lawmakers known as the "Big Six" who are taking the lead on tax reform. Other members include Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Senate approves motion to go to tax conference Overnight Finance: GOP delays work on funding bill amid conservative demands | Senate panel approves Fed nominee Powell | Dodd-Frank rollback advances | WH disputes report Mueller subpoenaed Trump bank records MORE (R-Texas), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Utah governor calls Bannon a 'bigot' after attacks on Romney MORE (R-Utah) and White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.

The "Big Six" released a joint statement in July outlining tax principles, and the group is expected to meet with President Trump on Tuesday.