"There will be an effort, but it looks daunting to get it done this year, and next year is hopeless."
Q: How likely are members to pass some kind of tax reform this Congress?
REPUBLICANS (87 VOTES)
Very likely: 5%
Somewhat likely: 30%
Not at all likely: 65%
"But it is all just table-setting for the presidential campaign."
"Provided you can attach the adjective 'insignificant' to it."
"GOP leadership is looking for items all Republicans can coalesce around. Tax reform fits the bill. Whether Obama will sign is a different story."
"Among those interested in actually governing, there is a willingness to get something done here, but the political reality is that bashing a plan is more advantageous than creating one."
"Small steps are possible, but overall reform is a bridge too far."
"Incremental corporate tax reform has a shot at passing, but it's a small one."
Not at all likely
"The administration needs to make it a priority, which it is not."
"The administration is giving lip service to tax reform but doing nothing to engage the Hill on it. Must be a bipartisan deal to pass."
"It seems Republicans would like to have the issue more than the reform. Akin to the dog asking his fellow canine, 'What do we do when we actually catch this car we're chasing?'"Š"
"Come on— they can't even fund DHS."
"Gridlock set in early this Congress. Hard to think this is what most members envisioned when they first decided to run for Congress."
"They have a hard time even with the easy stuff. This is very hard and transcends partisanship."
"Obama is already making tax changes through fiat. GOP will pass bills to please their bases, but they will go nowhere."
"Obama and GOP may be close on corporate tax reform. But don't count on enough Democrats in Congress to go along."
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