Paul Ryan: GOP goal is to have tax overhaul enacted into law by end of this year

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan says White House operations are "improving," but he's not saying whether he thinks that's because of recent West Wing personnel changes.

The Wisconsin Republican says in an AP Newsmakers interview that President Donald Trump's White House is "learning what works and I think they are improving."

Trump new chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has been credited with instilling more order in the West Wing.

The previous chief of staff, Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), was a Ryan friend. And Ryan says Priebus was "doing a good job of getting some discipline."

Ryan isn't saying whether he feels the improvements are due to staff changes - such as Kelly's appointment or the departure of Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

Ryan also notes that the pace of lawmaking can prove frustrating for the businessman-turned-president.

In Ryan's words: "Congress doesn't work like a business."
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House Speaker Paul Ryan is declining to say a tax overhaul Republicans are trying to write won't increase federal deficits.

In an AP Newsmakers interview on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Republican sidestepped a question on whether Republicans would ensure their still-evolving measure wouldn't boost budget shortfalls. He said the party plans to unveil its plans later this month and the goal will be to bolster economic growth.

Ryan says the GOP wants to enact a tax cut into law by the end of this year, not simply to push a bill through the House. He said he wants the U.S. to start 2018 with a new tax system.

Rewriting the tax code, including lowering personal and corporate income tax rates, is a top goal for President Donald Trump and the GOP.
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Speaker Paul Ryan says in AP interview that GOP goal is to have tax overhaul enacted into law by end of this year.