WASHINGTON, April 5 The tax oversight committee
in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold public hearings
in coming weeks as the panel prepares to unveil legislation to
overhaul the U.S. tax code, congressional aides said on
The plan for hearings emerged during an hour-long meeting
between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and
15 panel Democrats, according to a House Democratic aide.
There were no details about when the hearings would occur,
what tax reform issues would be addressed or whether the full
Ways and Means Committee would preside.
"We had a positive and open discussion, and I appreciated
the opportunity to engage in a two-way dialogue," Brady, a Texas
Republican, said in a statement afterward.
The Republican-led committee is expected to unveil tax
reform legislation this spring in preparation for a summer vote
on the House floor. Committee staff have been working to craft a
bill based on a House Republican blueprint that would sharply
cut taxes for businesses and individuals.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that the House,
Senate and White House, all controlled by Republicans, "aren't
on the same page yet on tax reform."
Brady announced the bipartisan meeting earlier this week,
saying the discussion would focus on ways to simplify the U.S.
tax code for individuals and prevent U.S. companies from moving
production and research facilities overseas - two Republican
"It was clear from this meeting we share the same
fundamental goals on tax reform, particularly as it relates to
growth and simplicity," a Republican committee aide said.
Brady underscored his intention to include a border
adjustment tax provision in tax reform legislation, aides said.
The policy, which would impose a 20 percent tax on imports, has
divided the business community and drawn criticism from
Republicans in the House and Senate.
Wednesday's meeting marked the first time Brady sat down
with the committee's Democratic members to discuss the House
Republican tax reform plan, aides said.
But the bipartisan atmosphere was jarred by the release of a
letter from committee Republicans to President Donald Trump,
calling for the removal of John Koskinen as Internal Revenue
Service commissioner. Koskinen was appointed by former
Democratic President Barack Obama.
"Democrats raised this letter with Republicans during the
meeting, noting how this type of partisan action hurts the
prospects for bipartisanship in other issues, such as working
together on issues like tax reform," the Democratic aide said.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Peter Cooney)