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House conservative: Tax overhaul must happen by Thanksgiving

House conservative: Tax overhaul must happen by Thanksgiving
Republican lawmakers must deliver tax legislation to President Donald Trump's desk before December or lose their chance to enact bold reforms capable of driving the U.S. economy, a leading Republican conservative said on Wednesday.

Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told conservative activists that the prospects for significant tax reform would diminish as lawmakers approach the start of the 2018 congressional election campaign in January.

He said lawmakers needed to introduce tax legislation in September, pass the measure through the House of Representatives and Senate and send it to Trump's desk by the Nov. 23 U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

"If it doesn't get there by Thanksgiving, guys, it isn't going to happen," Meadows said.

The White House has said it expects the House to vote on a tax bill in October and the Senate in November. Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers,

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