Huh? With Congress Gone, Trump Asserts ‘Major’ Tax Cut Will Be Done By November

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October 21, 2018 12:11 pm
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President Donald Trump on Saturday made the dubious — at best — claim that his administration is working “round the clock” to pass a “very major tax cut for middle-income people” … by Nov. 1.

“We are looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people,” Trump said Saturday. “And if we do that it’ll be sometime just prior, I would say, to November.”

“We are going to be putting in, and are studying very deeply right now, round the clock, a major tax cut for middle-income people,” he added.

Asked for a timeline, Trump said: “I would say sometime around the first of November, maybe a little before then.”

That’s essentially impossible, since Congress will be out of session until Election Day. As Vox points out: “We have no idea what he’s talking about.”

The Washington Post found one unnamed White House source willing to anonymously say that the President “has pushed congressional leaders to introduce another tax cut package before the Nov. 6 election,” in the paper’s words.

Trump said Saturday that “Kevin Brady (R-TX) is working on it, Paul Ryan (R-WI) is working, we’re all working on it.”

But a spokesperson for Brady, who is the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, was unable to comment on any specifics of the yet-nonexistent proposal.

“There is continued interest in building on the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and constantly improving the tax code for hard-working families and America’s small businesses,” the spokesperson, Rob Damschen, told the Post.

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