Ivanka Trump pitches child tax credits on Hill

2017-10-26 15:02
Ivanka Trump during a news conference promoting an expanded child tax credit. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

Ivanka Trump during a news conference promoting an expanded child tax credit. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

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Washington - Ivanka Trump is teaming up with Republican legislators to ensure the GOP tax-overhaul package includes an expansion of the child tax credit.

The White House adviser and presidential daughter appeared at a Capitol Hill press conference with GOP lawmakers.

She's framing the expanded child tax credit as crucial for working families.

"It is a priority of this administration and it is a legislative priority to ensure that American families can thrive."

Meanwhile, House Republicans are focusing squarely on tax cuts rather than deficit discipline as they look to shoehorn a GOP budget plan through the House.

Passage of the $4 trillion measure would pave the way for Republicans controlling Washington to pass a 10-year, $1.5 trillion tax cut measure later this year.

But GOP leaders were scrambling to overcome pockets of resistance to the measure from hard-right Republicans unhappy about deficits and lawmakers from New York and New Jersey who fear the subsequent tax bill would take away a deduction for state and local taxes that's especially valuable to their constituents.

Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady says he'll schedule a panel debate and vote once the budget plan is safely passed.



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