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House Republicans made steady progress Tuesday on their goal to pass a sweeping tax bill in their chamber by Thanksgiving, as Senate leaders prepared to release their own tax legislation later this week.

The quick progress comes as Republicans race to pass steep tax cuts into law by Christmas to meet a deadline set by President Trump. But significant challenges lie ahead as Republicans try to avoid repeating the bitter party infighting that doomed earlier attempts to pass a GOP health care bill.

Updated at 10:24 a.m. ET

Marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to send a message to Congress is a classic move in presidential political theater, and Tuesday is President Trump's inaugural performance. Trump makes his first visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Republicans at their weekly meeting and the message is clear: Pass a tax cut.

Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform speaks at the Ohio Statehouse with Republican State Rep Niraj Antani in background.
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Even though Republican state lawmakers claim to have cut taxes by $5 billion in the last six years, a new group has been set up to fight for lower taxes in Ohio.

It’s part of the national group Americans for Tax Reform, best known for the anti-tax pledge it asks politicians to sign.

When President Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to make his pitch for tax code overhaul, it was a more conventional — even conciliatory — chief executive who showed up.

Trump expressed optimism that he could work with the legislative branch to pass something meaningful — although as NPR's Scott Horsley noted, the president offered scant specifics about what that legislation would be.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 26, 2017
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Last week Senate Republicans revealed the details of their new health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. If passed, the new bill would include deep cuts to Medicaid. Plus, Attorney General Mike DeWine has officially announced he’s running for Ohio governor.

Coming up, we are talking about the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.

Republican presidential contender and Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants further cuts to the state's income tax - even in a year that saw certain small-business taxes reduced to zero and across-the-board reductions statewide.

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