House passes Republican tax reform bill

House passes Republican tax reform bill

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U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr)

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the tax reform bill Republican lawmakers crafted in conjunction with the Trump administration.

The lower chamber approved the measure in a 227-205 vote.

Thirteen Republicans voted against the legislation as did all House Democrats.

The vote was preceded by a brief Capitol Hill visit by President Donald Trump who met behind closed doors with House GOP leaders.

The Senate version of the tax reform bill contains significant differences from its House counterpart such as the elimination of state and local tax deductions and the inclusion of the language that would repeal the Obamacare individual mandate.

The Senate Finance Committee began marking up the legislation on Monday and is expected to finish the process by Friday.

A floor vote could occur as early as the week Congress returns from its Thanksgiving recess.

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