Conservatives push to drop border tax effort

Conservatives (not necessarily Constitutional Conservatives) are ramping up the pressure on House GOP leaders to abandon the border-adjustment tax proposal and move on with large-scale tax reform.

The proposal to tax imports and exempt exports was a key plank of the tax blueprint House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released last year, but it has been on life support for some time after dividing lawmakers and business interests.

With Republicans still looking for a major legislative achievement in the first year of President Trump’s administration, some lawmakers and right-leaning groups want Congress to give up on the border-adjustment tax (BAT) in an effort to cut taxes as quickly as possible.

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