House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, laid out his plans for moving the new Republican tax legislation through the House Friday, setting expectations for a marathon of legislating in the committee.
"Four days of open, full-throated debate," the Texan said Friday in a public interview hosted by Politico.
After the committee advances the bill, however, Republicans plan to not allow amendments on the House floor. Brady suggested that it would be too risky to allow a complex bill that would affect the economy to be abruptly changed in a floor vote.
Brady said that he has talked over the format for the committee markup, which will begin Monday, with his Democratic counterpart on the panel, Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts. Neal had requested that markup take place during business hours. Brady said some sessions might extend into the night.
While Democrats won't be able to offer floor amendments in the House, they will be able to do so in the Senate.
Republicans intended to have Senate legislation move quickly behind the House bill. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said this week that he aims to introduce a bill as soon as the Ways and Means Committee advances its bill to the full House.
The purpose of that sequence is to have a shot at putting the legislation on President Trump's desk before the end of the year. Brady said Friday that meeting that deadline is possible. "Urgency creates decision-making," he said.