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 MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan | Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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."

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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.