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Trump pledges passage of tax cuts after US Senate approves budget resolution

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the budget resolution for the 2018 fiscal year.

world Updated: Oct 20, 2017 17:39 IST
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US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington.(AP)

US President Donald Trump on Friday signalled optimism for the passage of Republicans’ sweeping tax cut plan, saying a key senator who rejected the party’s budget blueprint a day earlier would back the proposed tax measure when it comes up for a vote.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Senate approved the budget resolution for the 2018 fiscal year with Paul casting the lone Republican vote against it.

That approval paves the way for their tax-cut package, which would add up to $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade in order to pay for proposed cuts.

Democrats remained united in their opposition to the budget bill and are unlikely to support Republicans’ tax plan, which they argue would benefit the wealthy, raise taxes on some middle-class Americans and increase the federal deficit.

The Senate’s budget must be reconciled with a markedly different version passed by the US House of Representatives, also controlled by Republicans, a process lawmakers have said could take up to two weeks.

First Published: Oct 20, 2017 17:34 IST