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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 RyanPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Barrett declines to say if Trump can pardon himself MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag | Company layoffs mount as pandemic heads into fall | Initial jobless claims drop to 837,000 GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag The Hill's Morning Report - Fight night: Trump, Biden hurl insults in nasty debate MORE (R-Texas), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-Utah), Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal On The Money: Sides tiptoe towards a COVID deal, but breakthrough appears distant | Expiring benefits raise stakes of stimulus talks | Stocks fade with eyes on Capitol 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.