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.

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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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