by Countable | 11.16.17
Taxes will be the talk of the town in Washington D.C. this week, as House Republicans plan to bring their tax reform bill — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — to the floor for a vote.
The House convenes Monday when it will consider bills to limit the allowance paid to former presidents and require new or updated federal websites to be mobile friendly, plus a resolution denouncing the conflict in Yemen. On Tuesday the House’s efforts will be focused on the conference report for fiscal year 2018’s defense spending authorization, a flood insurance reform bill. The remainder of the week will be focused on the tax reform package and a bill to establish a more transparent and efficient data system for federal agencies to use when evaluating their policies.
The Senate convenes Monday when it will vote on the confirmation of Derek Kan as the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. It will then move on to the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Transportation. Several other nominations are expected to be considered throughout the week, including two district court judges, the comptroller of the currency, and the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety. Other legislative or judicial agenda items could be announced.
Check here throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm (all suspensions)
H.Res. 599: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes Passed 366-0, 1 Present
H.R. 3739: Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017 Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2331: Connected Government Act, as amended Vote postponed.
H.R. 3973: Market Data Protection Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3071: Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended Passed 396-0.
Tuesday after 12pm
Conference report for H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Passed 356-70.
H.R. 2874: 21st Century Flood Reform Act Passed 237-189.
Wednesday after 12pm
H.R. 4174: Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 2331: Connected Government Act, as amended Passed 423-0.
H.R. 3369: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3821: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office" Passed 420-0.
H.R. 2672: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office" Passed 423-0.
H.R. 2873: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 1207: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office" Passed by voice vote.
H.R. 3893: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office" Passed by voice vote.
Thursday between 9am and 3pm
H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passed 227-205.
H.R. 3109: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building" Passed by voice vote.
Monday after 5:30pm
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Derek Kan to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Confirmed 90-7.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Transportation Invoked 50-47.
Tuesday after 10am
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Transportation Confirmed 50-47.
Cloture vote on the nomination of David Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Invoked 52-45.
Wednesday after 9:30am
Confirmation vote on the nomination of David Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Confirmed 52-46.
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Mark Esper to be Secretary of the Army Confirmed 89-6.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency for a term of five years Invoked 54-44.
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency for a term of five years Confirmed 54-43.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Donald Coggins to be U.S. District Court Judge for South Carolina Invoked 96-1.
Confirmation vote on the nomination of Donald Coggins to be U.S. District Court Judge for South Carolina Confirmed 96-0.
Cloture vote on the nomination of Dabney Friedrich to be U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Invoked 93-4.
Conference report for H.R. 2810: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Passed by voice vote.
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The tax reform bill will terribly injure the middle class. I urge you to vote against this bill and instead advocate for the people, not the corporate interests. Thank you.
Those who think corporations need tax cuts are delusional. Corporations can itemize and deduct all their expenses; even salaries. If they need workers they hire regardless of the additional cost. Small businesses and middle class people need more tax deductions to expand local economies. Unfortunately, this is not the direction this bill is taking.
Why is it that when there is a tax cut that the middle class always takes the hit? The middle class is the backbone of this country. I think all politicians are for their own gain! It is serious time for limited terms!!!!
I am so tired of these do nothing Republicans. Didn't you get the message when we voted Trump in. You work for us not the lobbyists. Such a disgrace can't wait to vote you out of office. Need a real tax plan. Saving $1000 a year does crap for the middle class. Let's get honest, real and fair for all a flat tax!!!!
If the goal is to grow the economy, create jobs,and raise the living standard this tax plan is in the opposite direction. Do your job congress. Stop looking like fools and invest in the working and middle classes. The economy will grow if you invest education, infrastructure, and keeping workers healthy. The economy will not grow if you give tax cuts to the wealthy and cut all the above programs. Stop pretending about this trickle down growth. It's nonsense. We the people demand better and if you won't get it done you better find another job. We won't stand for this!
Glynnn did you know the average corporation right now pays a net tax of 20%? Yes after their deductions they pay 20% Glynn! That means after this 15 to 20 percent deduction they are getting they will now be at about 5%. And with them paying 20% did it stop them from taking jobs over seas and finding ways to do jobs with less people? No! Wake up Glynn. They take all these tax breaks and promise to keep a strong work force and they end up lying most of the time, they get their tax break and they still lay off workers. It is a concept from the past when we used to give to the top and it trickled down....they now take and see how they can make even more by laying off even more so they can go by another company and do the same....it’s a whole different world man. Bubble up is the only way that will now work.
Do NOT VOTE FOR THIS HORRIBLE TAX BILL. It is a pox on the middle & lower classes - those who vote for their representatives. This could be the end of you in 1918. Course Ms Jenkins doesn’t care about any of that - only her retirement package from the government & corporations from which she’s taken money. Her votes so far are only PARTISAN - NOT FOR HER CONSTITUENTS.
Hey Heidi, I work for a corporation. The better they do the better I do. Tax breaks for them will mean better pay and benefits for me. Do you really think you can tax a corporation into success? Have you seen how many companies and bringing their headquarters or business operations back to America in hopes of the tax breaks. That means more high paying jobs for Americans. Taxing corporations is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Stop being brainwashed by the Liberal media and think for yourself. Use your brain and reason things out.
Cutting taxes on the rich and corporations does not stimulate the economy. It didn’t work in 1981 with Reagan. It didn’t work under George W. Bush. This tax cut gives the middle class a bone and gives corporations and the rich the steak. And by the way, not everyone is going to get a tax cut in the middle class and many folks like myself Will actually see an increase over Time. Finally, it’s going to greatly increase the deficit which is not good for the economy and not good for our children and grandchildren.
Please do not screw the working-class and middle-class citizens of this country for your for your election contributions, serve the people of this country not the corporation. Past presidents should set an example of service to this country the amount of money that they receive after presidency is minimal compared to their speaking fees that they receive, do the right thing stop the nonsense.
Remember, whatever this President and Congress can do can be undone by whoever is elected as their replacements in 2018 and 2020. We can restore a Government “for the people by the people” rather that for the benefit of corporations and the rich and elect a President that we can be proud of rather than one who divides us and undermines our democratic institutions.
I cannot afford your tax scam bill since I am not a millionaire nor a business. I would rather pay for welfare for the poor than welfare for the rich, it is cheaper.
Tax brakes regardless has to be better than what we have now. Vote yes!
Hey Glynn! Corporations are NOT going to invest the money they save from tax cuts into creating more jobs or raising their workers' wages, including for you! They are going to invest it in stocks and offshore tax havens, as well as use it to buy politicians to do their bidding against the people's interests! So unless you're a CEO, the GOP tax cut bill will NOT benefit you, you pompous ignoramus!
Large corporations do NOT need more tax breaks. This bill will hurt middle class Americans more than it will ever benefit them, despite what its supporters tell us. It’s textbook trickle-down economics, which historically has not worked and certainly won’t work now. For the sake of every hard-working American citizen, please vote against this bill!
When people say cutting taxes on corporations will help the middle class it a clear indication they don’t understand taxation or business. Taxes are collected on profits therefore if corporations really wanted to pass the money to the middle class they could take all their profits a redistribute it to their employees. They would automatically decrease their tax liability. You don’t have to have lower taxes to pay your people more. Pretty much everything a corporation does is deducted before it even hits taxes. Also taking away some of the most popular tax deduction will decrease incentives for the American people. This administration has shown time and time again who they are for and it’s not the middle or lower class!!
This tax bill is a no-brainer. It decreases taxes on the upper and middle class, keeps the rates low for people in poverty, and most importantly, SIMPLIFIES THE TAX CODE to a standard that everyone can calculate in an afternoon. Vote yes!!
Same old trickle down economics, it has NEVER worked and it never will.profits are up for a lot of companies but how many of you have received a raise? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the results to change.
We need tax cuts to bring corporations back to America so they can create more jobs. President Trump is doing the right thing by cutting taxes unfortunately no matter what he does to help America, the fascist liberals will always criticize him.
It is no secret that trump and his administration have contempt for the most vulnerable in our country and the proposed tax scam shows it. It brings to mind what Representative Joe Kennedy said when the House was considering ACA repeal. Speaker Ryan called the health care bill an “act of mercy”. (This so called act of mercy would have left millions without health care) Kennedy said, “With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different scripture. The one that I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful but by how we care for the least among us.” You probably know by now that the tax scam treats the most powerful pretty darn good. But not so much for some of the others. The tax scam punishes the sick. The tax scam punishes those with rare diseases (there are more than 7000 according to NORD's Rare Disease Database.) The tax scam punishes those with large medical bills. Is this the kind of country we want to live in, one with no compassion? We need to speak out if we want to preserve our values. We know what is right. What is right is to not kick the sick when they are already suffering from illnesses. Rare disease sufferers The tax plan calls for the repeal of a tax credit that drug companies use to perform clinical testing for drugs that treat rare diseases. The credit is central to the business model for such firms and eliminating it could mean that big pharmaceutical companies will have little reason to invest in drugs that help small patient populations. Medical Expenses Under the Republican plan, the deduction for medical expenses would be eliminated. This currently applies to taxpayers, spouses or other dependents with health expenses that exceed a tenth of the taxpayer’s income. AARP, which advocates for retirees, said that they strongly opposed the repeal of the deduction and said that doing so would impose a “health tax” on the oldest and sickest Americans. Remember that the Republican goal was to repeal ACA. It didn’t happen because we spoke out. It’s time to speak out again.