Senate Confirms Trump’s Judicial Nominees Despite Democrats’ Opposition

ㅤ”The fact that at least 40 Democrats voted against all of them suggests that Senate Democrats will vote against any Trump nominee. This will only serve to push Senate Republican leadership closer to revising Senate rules to end this obstruction.”

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GOP predicts few defections on tax vote

Pictured: Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.)

ㅤ”Even members of the GOP caucus who often are at odds with leadership were pleased with the bill.
ㅤ’Leadership did a great job on this thing,’ said Rep. Dave Brat, a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. ‘It’s pro-growth, there’s middle-class tax cuts for real.”

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Trump applauds House GOP tax bill: ‘We are just getting started’

ㅤ”I applaud the House Ways and Means Committee for introducing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is another important step toward providing massive tax relief for the American people,’ the President said in a statement shortly after lawmakers announced the specifics of the long-awaited tax bill.
ㅤ’My tax reform priorities have been the same since day one: bringing tax cuts for hardworking, middle-income Americans; eliminating unfair loopholes and deductions; and slashing business taxes so employers can create jobs, raise wages, and dominate their competition around the world,’ the President said.”

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GOP releases details of plan to cut corporate, individual taxes

“For individuals & families…
ㅤ• The new individual income tax rates are 0 percent, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.
ㅤ• The standard deduction goes from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married ocuples.
ㅤ• Special-interest deductions that complicate taxes are eliminated so the form can be ‘as simple as a postcard.’
ㅤ• The bill establishes a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600, and gives a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent.
ㅤ• The bill preserves the Earned Income Tax Credit.
ㅤ• The deduction for charitable donations is continued.
ㅤ• The home mortgage deduction is maintained for current mortgages, but is capped for new homes at $500,000.
ㅤ• It allows people to write off state and local property taxes up to $10,000
ㅤ• The bill doesn’t touch 401(k)s or Individual Retirement Accounts.
ㅤ• The Alternative Minimum Tax is repealed.
ㅤ• The exemption for the Estate Tax is doubled and the tax will be repealed in full in six years.”

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Tax reform bill doesn’t include repeal of Obamacare mandate, sources say

ㅤ”The President touted the idea in a tweet on Wednesday, and the concept is still being toyed with in the Senate Republicans’ version of tax reform.”

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Republican Tax Plan Cuts Middle Class and Corporate Taxes, Leaves Retirement Savings Safe

ㅤ”Here are the highlights.”

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House Republicans delay tax reform rollout

Pictured: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady

ㅤ”As late as Tuesday afternoon, as members returned to Washington for votes, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said that he planned to introduce the bill Wednesday. That plan was delayed later Tuesday evening, at least until Thursday, according to several reports.”

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Here’s How Mike Pence Could Pass Tax Reform Without A Single Concession To Democrats

ㅤ”Congress adopted the ‘Byrd Rule’ in 1985, which bars any ‘extraneous measures’ that do not directly change revenues or expenditures from getting included in a reconciliation bill. Typically, the Senate parliamentarian makes a judgment on each provision of a bill to see if it has a direct impact on the federal budget.
ㅤCustomarily, before leadership moves forward with a bill under reconciliation rules, the Senate’s parliamentarian analyzes any objections that senators raise to provisions in the bill they feel do not meet reconciliation requirements. All provisions have to be germane to the bill and have a direct impact on the budget. The Senate parliamentarian typically makes a ruling on whether or not each provision meets those requirements and advises the presiding officer (Pence or another senator in his absence) on which provisions should stay.
ㅤPence has the ability to work around the parliamentarian. It is the President of the Senate, not the parliamentarian, who makes the ruling on what is permissible under reconciliation and what is not, a historian at the U.S. Senate Historical Office told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The parliamentarian has a purely advisory role.”

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GOP scrambling to finalize tax bill hours before rollout

Pictured: Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.)

ㅤ”The next several hours will be critical, GOP sources say. Should progress be made, Republicans will continue as planned and introduce their bill Wednesday around noon after briefing the entire House Republican conference at 9 a.m. Should they falter, tax reform may have to wait another day.
ㅤ’I would say there is a lot of Red Bull and Monster being drank in there right now,’ said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. ‘The whole Ways and Means crew knew this would be a tough lift — and we’ve not even gotten to the rollout of the actual details yet.”

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Drunk John Boehner Unloads on Conservatives, Lets Slip Private Conversations with George W. Bush About Paul Ryan’s Incapabilities

Pictured: John Boehner

ㅤ”Ex-House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on House conservatives from the House Freedom Caucus and let slip private conversations with former President George W. Bush about his successor, Paul Ryan’s, ineffectiveness as Speaker of the House in a lengthy Politico profile published on Sunday.”

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House GOP tosses conservative playbook in bid for tax reform

Pictured: Rep. Mark Meadows, head of the House Freedom Caucus

ㅤ”We’ve got to get the economy going — it’s all about wages going up — and if I can endure some short-term pain for long-term benefits, I’m willing to do that,’ said Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), head of the chamber’s staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus.”

ㅤô¿ô …Precisely.

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House adopts Senate budget, takes step toward tax reform

ㅤ”Twenty Republicans voted against the budget in the 216-212 vote, more than the 18 who voted against the original House version earlier this month.
ㅤMost of the 20 defectors were centrists hailing from populous states that could stand to lose from eliminating the state and local tax deduction.
ㅤThose lawmakers included Reps. Dan Donovan (N.Y.), John Faso (N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), John Katko (N.Y.), Pete King (N.Y.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.) and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).”

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