Republicans Considering Largest Tax Code Revision Since Reagan

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Republican control of the White House and both chambers of Congress in January will put the GOP in a tenable position to pass significant tax reforms it has been pushing for years, such as lower corporate rates and a simpler tax code, experts say.

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It could be the most significant rewrite of the tax code since the Reagan administration.

The House Republican overhaul of the tax code is being written to expand the economy and avoid increasing budget deficits, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Texas), who is leading the effort said on Tuesday.

“We designed our blueprint to break even within the budget, considering that economic growth,” said Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee,at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. At the same time, Brady said, if there are some deficits, he would accept them if the result was stronger growth. Avoiding long-run deficits could make it easier for Republicans to pass their plan under budget rules that avoid a Senate filibuster and forbid increasing future deficits.

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Mine supply is expected to be flat next year, but supply of recycled metal from auto catalysts has the potential to rebound, it said.

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