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Business groups typically allied with GOP not all on board fast tax train

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One powerful group was noticeably scarce from the flurry of activity inside the congressional committee room where Republicans recently took a big step toward passing their sweeping tax overhaul.

The lobbyists who swarmed 1100 Longworth this week – the House Ways and Means panel room where lawmakers last tackled a tax code rewrite three decades ago – had thinned to a relative trickle. The K Street crowd chalked up their absence to new modes of communicating with lawmakers and aides.

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