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Republicans put focus on tax code overhaul

Party now wary of massive cuts in entitlements

WASHINGTON — With another fight over the national debt brewing this summer, congressional Republicans are deemphasizing their demand for politically painful cuts to retirement programs and focusing on a more popular prize: A thorough rewrite of the US tax code.

Reining in spending on Social Security and Medicare remains an important policy goal for the GOP. But House leaders recently launched a series of meetings aimed at convincing rank-and-file lawmakers that tax reform is both wise policy and good politics and should be their top priority heading into talks with Democrats over the need to raise the federal debt limit.

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