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House GOP Unveils 2018 Budget Plan, Setting Up Tax Battle

On Monday, the Republican hopes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act essentially died, but by Tuesday morning the GOP was already moving on to the next big battle, a tax overhaul. On Tuesday morning, the House Budget Committee released its 2018 budget blueprint, which calls for significant increases in defense spending matched by $203 billion in cuts to domestic social programs like Medicare, Social Security, federal employee benefits, and welfare over the next decade. Crucially, it also sets up a procedural mechanism that could allow Senate Republicans to overhaul the tax code with no support from Democrats. House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) called the blueprint “not just a vision for our country, but a plan for action” and “a governing document with real solutions to address our biggest challenges.” The first challenge will be getting it passed by a fractious GOP caucus.

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