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Podcast: Tax reform and the Constitution

November 16, 2017 by NCC Staff


House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are currently working on a GOP tax reform bill to present to the President. Supporters of the bill argue that lowering tax rates and simplifying the tax code will boost the economy, while opponents argue that the benefits of the tax bill are concentrated to a privileged few.

But before Congress can even discuss the specifics of a tax reform bill, it must comply with a number of Constitutional constraints, ranging from Article I’s taxing clause and the 16th Amendment to the Senate Byrd Rule on reconciliation.

Joseph Fiskin and Steven Willis join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to look at potential constitutional issues related to tax reform measures under debate at Congress.

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