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Conservative groups step up tax reform push

Conservative groups step up tax reform push
© Greg Nash

Conservative groups and activists are stepping up their push for tax reform, arguing to key GOP lawmakers and administration officials that passage of legislation is key for the midterm elections.

"There is broad consensus on the need for tax reform," more than 80 conservatives wrote in a letter dated Thursday. "With the 2018 midterm elections in sight, it is also crucial that bold policies keeping the promises made to the American people are realized soon."

The letter comes one day after plans were announced for the "Big Six" tax-reform negotiators to release a framework document during the week of Sept. 25.

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The conservative groups' letter was addressed to the members of the "Big Six": Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: Senate confirms Gensler to lead SEC | Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week | Top Republican on House tax panel to retire Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict Buchanan to seek top GOP position on Ways and Means Committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring MORE (R-Texas), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell vents over 'fake news' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Trump looking 'beyond seriously' at 2024 run MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchPress: Forget bipartisanship — it's dead! Privatization of foster care has been a disaster for children Remembering Ted Kennedy highlights decline of the Senate MORE (R-Utah), Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.

The signers of the letter said that tax reform is needed because the current tax code "serves well-connected special interests, not hard working American families."

They said it's important for legislation to lower tax rates across the board, simplify the tax code, repeal the estate tax and establish a "territorial" tax system that doesn't tax U.S. companies' foreign earnings. 

"2017 represents an important opportunity to provide financial security to hardworking taxpayers by signing tax reform into law," the conservative groups wrote. "We applaud the work that each of you have already taken to ensure tax reform is enacted in 2017 and stand ready to continue working with you in the second half of the year."

Groups that signed the letter include Americans for Tax Reform, which is led by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, and Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by wealthy GOP donors Charles and David Koch.

The letter follows another letter from more than 20 conservative groups last week urging House members to back a tax overhaul.