Republicans Already Saying They’ll Need Another Bill To Fix Their Tax Mistakes
Republicans crafted their massive tax bill in such a rush that even before they’ve sent it to the president’s desk, they’re already talking about writing another bill to fix all the mistakes in the first one.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the lead author of the tax legislation in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he expected Congress would need to draft another bill to make “technical corrections.”
“I can’t imagine any major undertaking like this that doesn’t require technical corrections in the future,” Brady said.
Technical corrections to major legislation are indeed common, but usually, they aim to fix errors that lawmakers discover after passing a bill ― not ones they know exist beforehand.
Steven Rosenthal, a lawyer and tax expert who formerly worked for the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, said he was not aware of any other instance in which lawmakers anticipated technical corrections for tax legislation that had not even been enacted.
“This legislation is tax policy malfeasance,” Rosenthal said, according to the Huffington Post.
Rep. Brady said he hoped Democrats would go along with fixing the tax bill post-passage ― a curious request since it wasn’t so long ago that Republicans wanted nothing to do with corrections for another piece of major legislation: the Affordable Care Act.