Mulvaney: 'Absolutely' realistic to have tax bill on Trump's desk by December

Mulvaney: 'Absolutely' realistic to have tax bill on Trump's desk by December
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White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE said Sunday it is "absolutely" realistic to have a tax-reform bill on President Trump's desk by December.

"We felt good last week, but not only did the Senate then pass the bill, we're hearing now that the House may go ahead and take the Senate amendments or move very quickly to accept the Senate amendments and we may save as many as 10 or 12 legislative days," Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday."

He called that a "big deal."


He was then pressed on whether he believes it is realistic for the president to have a bill by December. 

"I absolutely do," Mulvaney said.

"If the House really does take the Senate budget ... it absolutely moves the ball a lot further, a lot quicker toward that goal."

Last week, Senate Republicans took the first step toward passing a tax plan and fulfilling a long-held campaign pledge.

The spending blueprint passed by the Senate is key to Republicans' efforts to pass tax reform because it includes instructions that will allow the plan to avoid a Democratic filibuster.