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New York Times 12-13-17

Senate and House G.O.P. Reach a Deal on Tax Bill

  • The agreement on a consensus bill between House and Senate Republicans keeps the party on track for final votes next week.
  • The deal largely retains the structure of the Senate tax bill, but it is not clear if Republican senators will roundly endorse it.


The committee created to resolve differences between the House and Senate tax bills held its first and only public meeting on Wednesday.CreditJim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency

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