"Our expectation is that it will be a bold transformative tax reform".
One area that remains a focus and should provide a significant opportunity is the issue of tax reform, and there are some signs that the GOP might be getting the memo about team play on this one. Trump said Friday night during a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama, that a tax plan would be released this week, and described it as "massive tax cuts".
Still, Senate Republicans haven't voted on this deal, and defections by just three lawmakers could doom it, potentially imperiling the entire tax effort.
A spokeswomen for Ryan and for House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady declined to comment Saturday when asked about the reported details of the emerging plan.
Trump is expected to give a speech in IN on Wednesday where he will layout the administration's plans for tax reform, which he has worked on with party leadership, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. GOP leaders have promised to publicly release outlines of their tax plan in the coming week. That could undermine home-buying and donations to philanthropies, they say.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, whose panel would use the budget figure in crafting a tax reform bill, told reporters he was not sure that revenue losses of $1.5 trillion were needed for tax reform.
Such measures are expected to boost USA economic activity, and, according to the Laffer curve rule, will produce a broader tax revenue generation framework, thus making up for the initial contraction in budget revenue.
Reminded of that on Sunday, Mnuchin said: "It was never a promise and it was never a pledge".
The Trump administration also seeks to boost stagnant inflation, as American workers and enterprises alike are expected to increase spending with more money remaining on their balance sheets after tax. Cutting the wildly disparate small-business tax rates and bringing some certainty to their tax rates would be a huge win for businesses and entrepreneurs across the country.
Trump spoke as House Republicans on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee huddled behind closed doors to discuss the plan. "But I think most people would concede that cutting taxes does stimulate the economy".
It is unclear how detailed the framework will be - or whether it will represent the unified approach that the President and Republican leaders have sought. Let's be clear, whether it's the "top one percent" of earners here in the USA, or the "top 20 percent", we know who pays the bulk of taxes: the rich.
It is clear that there is a palpable desire - indeed, a political imperative - for enacting tax reform in 2017. Given the year and the state of the economy, the top one percent may pay as much as 50 percent of all taxes, and the top 20 percent may pay as much as 85 percent of all personal tax revenue.
First and foremost is the need for a budget.
That summary, based on a list of details that's circulating among Washington lobbyists, breaks from the president's recent rhetoric against tax cuts for the rich.
One immediate objective of the framework is to secure House GOP approval for a budget resolution to unlock the Senate's procedure for passing a tax bill without Democratic support. While that may sound simple, both Chambers have thus far found the process to be challenging.
A majority said they favoured military action (58 per cent) if the U.S. could not accomplish its goals by diplomatic and economic efforts - up 20 points from 2012.
From a sheer logistical perspective, the long-list of legislative items that Congress needs to address before year's end (i.e., funding the government and reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Flood Insurance Program and the Children's Health Insurance Program) is also problematic, as lawmakers will have limited time to consider comprehensive tax reform. There may be a looming fight over the budget, but they must not let any petty disagreements get in the way of moving forward of this vital overhaul of the tax code. But Republicans have made little tangible progress toward that ambitious goal so far, Reuters reported.
Freedomworks president Adam Brandon told reporters last week: "If the Republicans can't get this tax deal done, we'll be facing a GOP crisis".