WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — House Republicans took the first major step toward passing their ambitious tax reform plan Thursday, but the path ahead remains uncertain and fraught with political and procedural obstacles.
By a vote of 219-206, the House passed a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that would reduce federal discretionary spending by $200 billion over 10 years.
“A budget resolution gives you the ability to have reconciliation protections from a filibuster in the Senate,” said Joshua Gordon, policy director for the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that advocates fiscal responsibility.
However, he said the purpose of reconciliation was originally to give lawmakers flexibility to take tough votes that reduce the deficit.originally to give lawmakers flexibility to take tough votes that reduce the deficit.
“This is a perversion of the budget process…. Deficit-increasing tax cuts are not what the budget process and reconciliation was designed to make easier,” he said.