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Congress Narrowly Passes 2018 Budget, Paving Way for Tax Reform

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By a narrow 51-to-49 margin, Senate Republicans passed an FY18 budget widely viewed as having more to do with GOP promises to deliver tax reform than with how government spending would be allocated in the coming year.  The House subsequently followed suit in passing the Senate version.  The Budget Resolution contains reconciliation instructions for the revenue committees to increase the deficit over the next decade by $1.5 trillion in order to enact tax reform legislation.  Under budget reconciliation rules, the Senate can pass budget-related legislation such as tax reform with a simple majority. Senate Republicans believe this strategy is their best hope of passing a tax bill in 2017.

On the appropriations front, Congress and President Trump have until Dec. 8 to reach agreement on a budget or pass a stopgap funding measure to avoid a government shutdown.

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