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Democrats Show They Are Open To Supporting The Republican Tax Reform Effort

A group of 18 conservative-leaning Democrats seem willing to work with Republicans on tax reform.

It appears that Democrats aren’t as united in their opposition to the Republican tax reform plan as they were to Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Blue Dog coalition, which is a group of 18 conservative-leaning Democrats, will release their tax reform proposal on Wednesday. They have also sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) requesting “a real seat at the negotiating table.”

According to Bloomberg, the Blue Dog group’s tax reform proposal “indicated a willingness” by Democrats “to lower the tax rate for corporations and pass through businesses, which include partnerships and limited liability companies.”

The plan also shows openness from Democrats to repatriation policies that bring corporate cash back to America.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who is the Blue Dog’s communications co-chairman, told Bloomberg that Democrats need to change what he described as “an anti-business image.”

“House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, praised the Blue Dogs in a statement for seeking a bipartisan approach,” Bloomberg reported.

These moves by the Blue Dog group show that some Democrats support portions of the Republican tax reform plan, and are willing to working with Republicans on the legislation, despite Democratic leadership’s opposition to the Republican plan.