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GOP faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown

GOP faces 5-day scramble to pass tax bill, avoid government shutdown

Republicans return to Congress on Monday facing a packed agenda with little time to enact it, as party leaders aim to quickly pass their massive tax plan and then cut a budget deal with Democrats before the end of Friday to avert a government shutdown.

Republicans' tight timing on taxes is self-imposed. GOP lawmakers have for months been racing to beat President Donald Trump's demand that they send him tax legislation before Christmas — a timeline that gained new urgency when Alabama Democrat Doug Jones won the Senate seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Luther Strange.

GOP leaders aim to hold tax votes early in the week before moving to the budget bill. They need...

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