WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is marking his 200th day in office by holding meetings away from the White House.
But Monday, the Trump administration stressed it’s moving forward on plans to reshape the government, including the IRS.
First, it was healthcare.
Now, Republicans appear ready to focus on tax reform.
Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said Americans expect change.
“We’ve got to cut taxes, both on individuals, cut taxes on business, one of the highest tax rates in the world,” Kennedy said.
Trump is calling for major changes to the US tax code.
His plan: cut the number of tax brackets from seven down to three, double the standard deduction and cut the rate businesses pay to a flat 15 percent.
But Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson says there’s no way tax reform gets through Congress unless the White House re-thinks how it negotiates.
“Unless you can get both parties leaders together to agree were going to do this, it’s going to be very difficult to get done,” Nelson said.
This week the president will host meetings in New Jersey to talk about tax reform.
The administration had hoped to get this all done by the end of August, but Congress won’t even start talking about taxes until September.
But now some wonder if it’s even possible to get any reform done this year.
Political science professor Michael Cohen of George Washington University tells us change is possible because tax reform appeals to more voters.
“Those are issues you can really move the needle on, it wouldn’t surprise me if taxes got done, it wouldn’t surprise me if infrastructure got one,” Cohen said.