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 RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King 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 BradyTexas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall Trump on declaring national emergency: 'Not going to do it so fast' Dems look to chip away at Trump tax reform law 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 CornynTrump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test 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."