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Harry Reid refuses to read bipartisan letter about tax reform

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he doesn’t plan to even read a letter from a bipartisan team of top senators working on tax reform.

“I’m not going to be involved in this,” Reid told Rollcall. “I’m not on the committee, I’m not going to do it. I’m not even going to consider it. I frankly haven’t read the letter, don’t intend to.”

Reid didn’t like it that Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Neb., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suggested starting with a “blank slate” on tax reform.

“[T]his can’t be revenue neutral,” Reid said. “It can’t be even close to neutral.”

Reid also told PBS, “I don’t like the gridlock here in Congress.”

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