House GOP moves to pass budget, start tax debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are focusing squarely on tax cuts rather than deficit discipline as they look to shoehorn a GOP budget plan through the House.

Passage of the $4 trillion measure would pave the way for Republicans controlling Washington to pass a 10-year, $1.5 trillion tax cut measure later this year.

But GOP leaders were scrambling to overcome pockets of resistance to the measure from hard-right Republicans unhappy about deficits and lawmakers from New York and New Jersey who fear the subsequent tax bill would take away a deduction for state and local taxes that’s especially valuable to their constituents.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady says he’ll schedule a panel debate and vote once the budget plan is safely passed.

The Senate passed the measure last week.