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US House speaker Paul Ryan vows to complete tax reform in 2017

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Trump plans to release tax overhaul in early September

In a speech to US manufacturers that was released by his office, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress can not afford to let the opportunity for tax reform slip this year. "And we will not cast about for quick fixes and half-measures".

Paul Ryan is delivering a "major speech" on taxes today at the National Association of Manufacturers conference.

Rolling back Obamacare would provide a almost $1 trillion tax cut that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy and businesses.

"They really are pretty obnoxious taxes - we'll have to put those off to the side and they'll have to be gotten to when we get to health care reform and we'll reform the rest of the tax code", he said on CNBC.

Aides said he is not expected to delve into the details of tax proposals.

Republicans are promising the biggest tax overhaul since the Reagan era, saying a simplified system with tax cuts for individuals and businesses, along with reforms to eliminate taxes on the foreign profits of US corporations, can boost economic growth and create jobs. The aim is to unveil tax reform legislation in September. He carefully avoided mentioning the most contentious aspect of House Republicans' plan, the 20 percent border adjustment tax on imports.

Hanging over the entire speech on Tuesday was the utter improbability that they key promise out of Ryan's mouth: That tax reform would be completed this calendar year.

It was not clear whether Republicans can overcome infighting over healthcare legislation and government spending to move forward on tax reform.

Pledging the biggest overhaul to taxes since the Reagan era, Trump's campaign revolved around reinstating economic prosperity for "left behind" Americans.

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Ryan said the House and Senate are working on fleshing out Trump's tax principles into a legislation. That won't be easy because there are big disagreements among Republicans over spending levels for the military and for domestic programs. He's serious about tax giveaways - for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

Economist Stephen Moore of the conservative Heritage Foundation said there's a sense now that "there's less than a 50-50 chance" of passing a tax-code rewrite this year.

The White House has been in regular talks with leaders and top tax writers in the House and Senate to come up with a framework for a tax reform bill they can all agree on.

The border-adjusted tax is estimated to raise about $1 trillion in revenue over a decade, which Ryan has described as essential to paying for tax cuts. "There are so many different of ways of achieving this - we in the House have our own idea - and that is one of the things that we are discussing with the administration, because we're going to get this right". "Businesses need to have confidence that we will not pull the rug out from under them".

Some House Republicans have grown frustrated by what they see as criticism from their Senate GOP colleagues - without offering alternative revenue raisers.

"I know that the cynics and naysayers are out in full force".

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee's tax-policy subcommittee, criticized House Republicans for waiting 11 months after the release of their "Better Way" tax blueprint to start holding hold hearings, and called for additional hearings on the topic.

But Republicans continue to disagree on various components of a tax bill, in addition to whether tax reform should be permanent.

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