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Sam Baker Sep 29
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Senate panel keeps tax cuts and ACA repeal separate

GOP leaders want to keep taxes and health care separate. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A key Senate committee this morning laid the groundwork for a party-line overhaul of the tax code, but not another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Why it matters: Some conservatives had hoped to combine health care and tax reform. But many Republicans, especially in leadership, feared that would make it impossible to pass either one. The outline released this morning would delay another run at health care until the tax rewrite effort is finished.