White House tax plan gets support from another key outside group

Originally reported by Brian Schwartz at Fox Business:

President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda may have stalled after the Senate failed to pass an ObamaCare replacement bill, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost allies outside the White House who are determined to promote the administration’s next major legislative challenge in tax reform.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), told FOX Business in an exclusive interview, that his organization will be hitting the road from the August recess through the end of the year to help promote the president’s lawmaking priorities, including tax reform and health care.

“We’re going to schedule events and we will be talking about tax reform, but we aren’t moving on from health care. They’ve been promising it for seven years and they need to get it done,” Schlapp said.

The ACU is known for being a voice for conservatives principles and grassroots activists, which is evident when they host the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The White House is looking to cut the corporate tax rate to 15% from the current 35%, eliminate the estate tax, also known as the “death tax,” close loopholes for state and local deductions as well as simplify the overall tax code.

A White House spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.

Schlapp’s organization joins a bevy of other groups, including lobbyists and think tanks that are moving ahead with their own methods of promoting the president’s tax plan, and to pressure lawmakers into making changes to the tax code and health care system.

In a recent interview, Grover Norquist, founder of the Americans for Tax Reform political advocacy group, told FOX Business his organization plans to meet with senators and other state representatives throughout the August recess to get their pulse on where they stand on tax reform and, for those who are still on the fence, try to push them in the right direction.

“We have had several meetings so far. We are pushing tax reform to the states. We are focused on the states that might need additional encouragement,” Norquist said.

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