After months of secrecy and closed-door meetings, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled a framework for tax reform that didn't have many new details yet seems to have brought the party's biggest skeptics on board.
House Republicans, bused to a nearby retreat, heard the contours of a forthcoming tax reform plan that would simplify individual tax rates and include corporate tax cuts. There were a lot of unanswered questions.
At the retreat, Ryan's framework was met with a standing ovation and Vice President Mike Pence's praise: "This guy does not get enough credit,"
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By the afternoon, the House Freedom Caucus, which has been blocking any legislative movement on tax reform, came out in favor of the outline and said the caucus would support the 2018 Republican budget resolution — giving Republicans the procedural green light to move forward with tax reform.
Top Senate and House Republicans held a press conference that afternoon to talk about their "bold," "pro-growth" tax plan that would revolutionize the American economy. Tellingly, they didn't take any questions from reporters.
Only two days ago, Senate leaders had to tell the Republican conference once again they did not have enough votes to pass their Obamacare repeal bill. After nine months of failed health care negotiations, Ryan is eager to portray the GOP as a united front on tax reform moving forward.
But much like the tax reform plan they released, there are still a lot of details that need to be filled in.