Republicans struggling to pass a major tax overhaul that doesn'tadd to the federal deficit are discussing a kind of compromise:mixing permanent revisions with temporary rate cuts for individualsand businesses.

Officials on the House and Senate tax committees are talkingwith the White House about a hybrid approach that would combinelasting tax code changes to deter offshore profit shifting bycorporations with lower rates for a number of years, according tothree people familiar with the discussions.

Mixing and matching proposals—making some permanent and otherstemporary — could be a potential workaround for GOP leaders whowant to use a budgetary process known as reconciliation to preventSenate Democrats from blocking tax legislation. That course limitsthe scope of the overall bill because it requires that any taxchanges that add to the nation's long-term deficit would have toexpire.

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