House conservative leaders worry they’ll be forced to vote to advance a vehicle for a tax-code rewrite without knowing details of the plan, setting up a repeat of Congress’s troubled efforts on health-care legislation.
With a committee markup of a key budget resolution scheduled for Wednesday, leaders of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have demanded details about the tax package and about welfare-spending cuts that GOP leaders have agreed to in principle. But they’ve received no guarantees, and the prospects for seeing specifics ahead of a budget vote appear to be diminishing.
For Representative Jim Jordan, a co-founder of the caucus that claims 30 or so members, that’s too reminiscent of the way GOP leaders handled health care, legislation that remains up in the air seven months after Congress adopted a detail-free budget measure to kick off the process.
“The way we look at it is -- look what happened in January,” Jordan said. “We went along with a budget thinking we were going to do a repeal bill and a separate replacement legislation for Obamacare and instead we get this seven-month ordeal we’re still going through. We don’t want to make the same mistake twice.”