Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package

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Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package
FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. With the Democrats gaining control of the House in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election, Neal is poised to become chairman of the committee. He said Wednesday that the powerful committee would likely ask for President Donald Trump's tax returns. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Democratic lawmaker poised to lead the powerful tax-writing committee in the House says he’d consider President Donald Trump’s proposal for a middle-income tax cut, but only if there are adjustments on tax rates for top income earners.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts, is expected to take over as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee when Democrats assume control of the House in January after winning a majority of seats in Tuesday’s election.

Neal says the panel will hold hearings on the .5 trillion tax cut pushed through by Republicans last year.

Critics say the law is skewed to benefit wealthy taxpayers and corporations and has helped fuel record federal budget deficits.

Trump, while campaigning for Republicans last month, suggested Congress pass a 10 percent tax cut for middle-income earners, but did not offer specifics.