Sep 15, 2017

Sen. Finance Chair: Tax reform is "much harder than health care"

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Captiol Hill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP File

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, one of the "Big Six" tax negotiators, says tax reform will take a lot of cooperation between the Democrats and Republicans. Why? Because once it reaches the floor for a vote, there will be "doubling and tripling of the ideas of people who have been waiting for a long time... [to] put their own ideas and imprint on it."

Other highlights from his interview with CNBC's Ylan Mui:

  • What will happen if Congress lets it slip into 2018? "[I]f it does, it does but I actually believe we know enough about it that we can do it in 2017."
  • On Trump's goal of a 15% corporate tax rate: "I sincerely doubt we'll be able to get that level on the corporate tax rates. But, you know, we have to bring them down..."

Go deeper: The next steps for tax reform (and why GOP is still stuck)

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Trump says RBG and Sotomayor should recuse themselves from his cases

President Trump at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted during his India visit late Monday that Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should "recuse themselves" from cases involving him or his administration.

Why it matters: The president's criticism of the liberal justices comes after he attacked the judge overseeing the case of his longtime advisor Roger Stone, who was sentenced last Thursday to 4o months in prison for crimes including lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi as Trump visits India

Rival protesters over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi, India, on Monday. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for calm Tuesday as deadly clashes erupted in the city's northeast between supporters and opponents of India's controversial new citizenship law.

Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — as President Trump and members of the U.S. first family are in Delhi as part of a two-day visit to India, though it's away from the violence.

Go deeper: India's citizenship bill continues Modi's Hindu nationalist offensive

South Carolina paper The State backs Buttigieg for Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.