GOP rep: It's 'existential' that Republicans get tax reform done

Republicans are eager to get tax reform done in 2017 and anything other than that would threaten the reputation of the GOP members Congress.


"I think it's existential to the appearance, to the reputation, and to the efficacy of Congress, to get tax reform done," Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) told The Hill.

Coming off of a bruising defeat on healthcare reform, the GOP is motivated to end the year with a big win ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

"2017 is the year for tax reform," House Ways and Means Committee member Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said. "As you move into an election year, let's face it, things get more controversial and more difficult."

Democrats and Republicans have expressed a willingness to work together on passing tax reform, but some Democrats remain skeptical on if Republicans will meet them halfway.

"If Republicans do what they're talking about — massively ballooning deficit only to give tax cuts to the rich, then I think it's going to be a much harder sell to the American people," Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) said.