The Latest: McConnell makes concession on local taxes

In this Dec. 5, 2017, photo, House Republicans, from left, Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., arrive for a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sounding a discordant note among the positive talk on the tax bill, a number of Republicans are delivering a blunt assessment, casting the bill as a boost to big corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle class. "Fundamentally if you look at the bulk of the bill, two-thirds of it, it's tied on the business side,” Sanford said Tuesday as leaders in the House and Senate hailed their respective measures as an advantage for working Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local):

1:18 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he favors expanding a deduction for state and local taxes to enable people to deduct local income taxes as well as property taxes.

It's a concession to Republicans from high-tax states.

Both the House and Senate tax bills initially repealed the entire deduction for state and local taxes. Both bills have since been amended to allow homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes.

The provision was a compromise among Republicans from high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey.

California Republicans are pushing for an amendment to let taxpayers deduct local income taxes, too.

On Wednesday's Hugh Hewitt radio show, McConnell said, "That sounds like a kind of reasonable idea."

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3:09 a.m.

Some GOP lawmakers are offering blunt assessments about parts of their massive tax packages, even as the legislation speeds toward approval in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Republican congressman Mark Sanford of South Carolina says the tax packages passed by the House and Senate focus more on helping big corporations than on cutting taxes for the middle-class.

Republican congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina complains that some taxpayers will eventually see tax increases.

Both the House and Senate have passed massive tax bills that would provide steep tax cuts for businesses and more modest tax breaks for families and individuals.

Despite complaints from some Republicans, GOP leaders see no deal-breakers to reconciling the House and Senate bills and passing a unified package before Christmas.

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