GOP Feuds With Outside Group Over Analysis Of Tax Framework

The hottest feud in Washington is between Republicans and the Tax Policy Center (TPC).

Some prominent GOP lawmakers and conservatives are outraged with the wonky joint venture of the left-leaning Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. The group released a study Friday that said the GOP’s tax reform framework would mostly benefit the rich, increase taxes on some middle-income people and lower federal revenue by $2.4 trillion over a decade.

The study was widely covered in the press, drawing front-page stories in The New York Times and Washington Post. The coverage ran counter to the White House’s messaging, which labeled the tax plan the “middle-class miracle.”

Republicans have responded by going after the Tax Policy Center, arguing the group is biased and used inaccurate assumptions to reach its conclusions.

The group “essentially sandbagged a Romney tax proposal,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

“The lesson here is that if Republicans want to pass tax reform, they better be prepared to fight back at every turn,” he added.

Read more from Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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