WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward overhauling the U.S. tax code on Thursday by approving a fiscal 2018 budget resolution intended to aid the future passage of tax legislation, and sending the measure on to the Senate.

The spending blueprint for fiscal year 2018, adopted by a 219-206 vote, would unlock a legislative tool allowing Republicans to pass tax legislation through the Senate while avoiding opposition from Democrats who control 48 of the upper chamber’s 100 seats.

But the action

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