House Leader Keeps Flat Tax On Front Burner

Advocates of a tax system overhaul had hoped politicians would debate fundamental change this year and enact it in 1997. But this scenario looks too optimistic at a time when President Clinton and Republican rival Bob Dole are engaging in a tax-break bidding war.

“Obviously it would be more helpful if it (tax reform) did” become a major campaign issue, said House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, the leading advocate of the flat-rate income tax. “But the flat tax has its standing with the American people and I intend to keep working on it.”

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