The Trump administration and congressional Republicans have begun working on a new tax package, The Washington Post reports.
In September, both Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinConservatives are outraged that Sarah Bloom Raskin actually believes in capitalism Suspect in Khashoggi murder arrested The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules MORE and White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE hinted that President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE wanted to pass "tax cuts 2.0" before the 2020 election. Trump also said publicly in September that there would be income tax cuts for the middle-class next year.
"We’ll be looking at tax cuts 2.0, something that will be something we’ll consider next year,” Mnuchin told reporters at the time. “But right now, the economy is in very, very good shape.”
The narrative of a successful U.S. economy has changed since Mnuchin made these comments.
On Wednesday, the Commerce Department released the latest economic numbers that suggested economic downturn.
The economy has grown at an annualized rate of 1.9 percent, falling short of Trump's goal of 3 percent per year. The Federal Reserve lowered interested rates for the third time this year, in hopes of stimulating a dragging economy. Additionally, business investment has contracted for six straight months.
Sources told the Post that Kudlow is playing a lead role in discussions on the tax measure.
Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Trump war with GOP seeps into midterms MORE (Texas), the top GOP member on the House Ways and Means Committee, told the paper, "We are having those discussions with the White House, we’ll be engaging with them further, and we’ll have discussions with Republicans, too, in the House about what we think the most pro-growth elements can be, the most pro-innovation."
Trump's 2017 plan has failed to gain public support and has yet to show visible economic dividends. However, one tangible by-product of the tax package was a considerable hike to the national debt, which grew nearly $1 trillion.
Details of what the upcoming tax package would include are still murky, but some components may include lower income tax and capital gains tax rates. However, this rumor directly contradicts a claim that Trump made in September, when he said he wouldn't lower capital gains taxes.
Nonetheless, Brady asserts that new tax policy is a priority for the president.
"The White House is studying numerous proposals that will benefit the middle-class and the American worker and promote long-term economic growth," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told The Hill.