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NY Rep. Collins says donors told him to get tax reform done 'or don't ever call' again

  • A House Republican said it's politically necessary for Republicans to deliver tax overhaul legislation this year.
  • New York Rep. Chris Collins said Tuesday, "My donors are basically saying 'get it done or don't ever call me again."
  • Democrats on the House's tax-writing committee plan to propose a battery of revisions to the Republican tax overhaul bill that focus on middle-class concerns like childcare and home buying.
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.
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Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.

A House Republican is stating the political necessity for Republicans to deliver tax overhaul legislation this year.

New York Rep. Chris Collins said Tuesday, "My donors are basically saying 'get it done or don't ever call me again."'

President Donald Trump and the Republicans need to show a tax bill as a major legislative accomplishment to protect their majorities in next year's elections.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the House's tax-writing committee plan to propose a battery of revisions to the Republican tax overhaul bill that focus on middle-class concerns like childcare and home buying.

As the committee works on the legislation, an initial amendment proposed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would shut down the plan's tax cuts if in two years the $20 trillion national debt had increased.

The amendments, without chance of approval by the Republican-dominated Ways and Means Committee, focus attention on the issue of whether the middle class would benefit from the tax plan.