14th and G Podcast

White House wants a tax bill by Friday

When House Speaker Paul Ryan warned President Donald Trump during a Tuesday Oval Office meeting that the rollout of the long-awaited tax reform bill might have to be postponed a day, the president said that was fine. The White House has so far been blasé about the delay, provided it doesn’t extend into the weekend, according to three senior administration officials — and Trump even told Ryan he’d be fine if it takes until Friday, said two people briefed on their conversation. “It’s an additional 24 hours of suspense — not great for the blood pressure, but by no means fatal,” said Sage Eastman, former deputy staff director to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which released its own tax proposal in 2014.