Norquist expects election year votes on tax cuts, guns

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner highlights a political prediction from the leader of Americans for Tax Reform.

The House won’t use [the] tax filing deadline as a showcase for a bill making the new individual tax cuts permanent, and will instead delay that vote until the summer to pressure Democrats closer to the midterm elections, according to Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.

Norquist said he has received assurances from the GOP leadership that the legislation to make the individual tax cuts permanent will be on the agenda by summertime, along with a measure that would require the states to recognize conceal carry firearm permits from anywhere in the U.S.

“A big vote on taxes and the Second Amendment, just as people are headed into the election, is the way to go,” Norquist told the Washington Examiner. …

… Republican leaders would not confirm Norquist’s timing prediction on either bill.

A spokeswoman for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who schedules the floor action, said no date is set and the bill is “still being worked on.”

The tax bill is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. It would make permanent the individual tax cuts, which under the new law will expire in 2026.

Republicans gave the cuts an expiration date to lower the cost of the bill to prevent running afoul of special Senate rules that allowed the GOP to circumvent a filibuster by the Democrats.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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