Friends of Manufacturing

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


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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