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Meadows And Jordan Talking To Democrats To Find Common Ground On Tax Reform

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), House Freedom Caucus Chairman, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), House Freedom Caucus Chairman, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said that he and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio are reaching out to Democrats in an attempt to come together on legislation to overhaul the tax code.

The North Carolina Republican said he expects the different factions of the conference to come together more so than what was seen during health care negotiations.

“I think that you’ll see great coalitions that come together with moderate and conservative members,” Meadows told reporters Thursday. “The other thing Jim Jordan and I were just talking about working on, where we’re at, is reaching out to some of the Democrats to see how we can best make it a truly bipartisan bill coming out of the House.”

Meadows said they are trying to connect with “business-minded Democrats,” including a number of members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Group, in an attempt to find common ground.

“Actually, the initial discussions have been extremely good. So we may have to get a little creative on a couple of things,” he said.

Meadows’s outreach comes shortly after the president held a bipartisan meeting with House Committee on Ways and Means members, just ahead of the GOP’s rollout of its tax reform framework.

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