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The Daily Countable: Tax Changes, Their Consequences & More

by Countable | 11.16.17

It's an important moment, friends — one of those final days before a holiday when the froth of politics makes way for reality. This is a critical time to be in touch with your representatives — positive or negative, yea or nay — tell them what they should do!

One Big Thing

  • The House of Representatives votes Thursday on a massive package of tax reforms that, if enacted, would touch every business and household in the United States. Here are the details: H.R.1: The Tax Cut and Jobs Act: Cutting Taxes for Individuals and Businesses. Hit the 'Take Action' button to tell your Representatives how they should vote.

  • Remember, though, that Senate Republicans have their own proposal -- and the House alone cannot create law. Therefore, fun times ahead! (Of course, we at Countable will keep you up-to-date.)

On the Radar

  • Could tax reform change donations to charities? That worries many non-profit groups, who say that certain changes in the GOP tax plan could make it less likely that wealthier tax-payers would take advantage of current tax credits for charitable donations. Find out more here.

Under the Radar

  • Earlier this week we reported that the Army had opened its recruiting standards to people who have a history of bipolar disorder, depression, self-mutilation, and drug and alcohol abuse. Now, though, the Army is rescinding that new policy, after several high-profile lawmakers, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ), vowed to fight it. This is a critical change: read more here.
  • As allegations of sexual harassment and assault spread through American industries and workplaces, lawmakers are not immune. Congress is attempting to police itself with several measures, circulating in the House and Senate, that would require broad changes in training against, and reporting of such complaints. More here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in Washington, D.C.

  • President Trump travels to the U.S. Capitol, where he will give remarks to the House Republican Conference.
  • The President returns to the White House.

The House of Representatives: In Session

The Senate: In Session

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Daniel Coggins to be U.S. District Court Judge for South Carolina.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Dabney Friedrich to be U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia.



Keep in touch, friends. As always, I'm anxious for your ideas and suggestions.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Talk to Andrea via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Shana
    11/16/2017
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    This bill does not reform the tax code. It does not reduce the deficit. It does not close loopholes used by millionaires and billionaires and corporations to dodge their fair share of the burden. I pay taxes because I want an educated society. I pay taxes because I want a healthy society. I pay taxes because I want someone to answer when I dial 911 and I want help to arrive shortly thereafter. I want safe roads and parks. I want public libraries. Paying taxes is a privilege because it helps our country and society. This bill would help the wealthy and corporations dodge their share of the burden, and you must vote no.

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  • Robert
    11/16/2017
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    If you’re going to reduce the corporate tax rate you have to reduce the loopholes in the tax code. That’s just appears to be another case of taking from the poor to give to the rich. To continue to kick the deficit can down the road for future generations is just irresponsible. To make the corporate tax rate permanent while you make the tax rate on the working class temporary just goes to show that you actually work for your campaign contributors and not your constituents, and shows how irresponsible the administration is.

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  • Ken
    11/16/2017
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    Do not abandon your conservative principles by exploding the national debt. Please create a reformed tax code not a tax cut for the wealthy. Please create a better healthcare system like you promised. The performance of the Republican congress is shameful. Passing unpopular, poorly crafted legislation in order to get a win is not how to serve America.

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  • Hearourvoice
    11/16/2017
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    Hiking tax rates on college student loans? Adding a trillion plus dollars to the national debt? Believing after undeniable evidence to the contrary that tax cuts to corporations will create more jobs? Raising taxes I will have to pay as a single small business owner? How could this help? How many burdens & sacrifices will American citizens be required to endure to make the wealthy even more wealthy, CEOs receive higher salaries & bonuses and shareholders richer? You cannot continue to jeopardize the health and well being of your constituents. This tax bill must not be passed. Vote NO.

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  • Tina
    11/16/2017
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    Please don't give a tax break to corporations by taxing the middle class. We hurt now. This will be crushing. You work for us not them. Please don't cut medicare, medicaid or social security. We depend on it. Please don't end Obamacare. The majority of this country want it. Don't put party above people. AND Judge Moore is as guilty of acts against woman. As is Trump. We are watching. We will vote accordingly.

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  • Ken
    11/16/2017
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    Please vote NO ON THE PROPOSED TAX BILL. Giving money to the wealthy has never proven to increase wages or modernize infrastructure. What it has done is widen the gap between the rich and the poor. More private jets and homes does not improve the lives of most Americans. Adding the provision to take away the individual mandate for health care only cuts the ACA

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  • Marie
    11/16/2017
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    This is nothing more than a cash give away to the 1% at the expense of the already over burdened middle class and lest you forget: it is being pushed by a man who brags about cheating the government our of paying taxes! NOT ONE PENNY FOR THE RICH! NOT ONE PENNY FOR THAT STUPID WALL!

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  • Peggy
    11/16/2017
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    The way to guarantee you lose your job is to pass this horrible tax bill. Vote them out in 2018, finish them off in 2020. Vote for someone who will actually represent you. Not these thieves.

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  • Rick
    11/16/2017
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    Please stop this ridiculous ‘tax reform’ package. It is a tax cut for the rich that will saddle the middle and lower class with debt.

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  • Josh
    11/16/2017
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    This assumes an economic tax plan where money goes to the wealthy and makes it way down, works. This is called Trickle Down Economics. Historically this has proven (for four decades) to NOT WORK. So why is it being proposed again? Largely because of misunderstanding and ignorance to how and why this doesn’t work. The first part in which the wealthy receive massive tax breaks is true so there will always be notion to persuade people that this plan will translate to economic growth for all. Believing this myth is an incredible detriment to the majority of US, should we let this bill pass.

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  • Betty
    11/16/2017
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    Opposed to tax plan. No tax breaks for wealthy corporations. Middle class and retirees are critical

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  • Cameron
    11/16/2017
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    Vote NO on this bill. This has turned into another attempt to dismantle the ACA. The people do not want that, as previously shown. The people also don’t want the working- and middle- classes to pay for the wealthy’s tax cut. It’s disgusting that a teacher can no longer use a deduction on purchasing supplies under this bill, but a corporation can. Vote NO.

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  • Christina
    11/16/2017
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    This tax overhaul privileges the rich as does the assault on healthcare. Why this Republican assault on the middle class? Why are the rich so greedy? Vote against this bill-support your constituents!

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  • RadicalModerate
    11/16/2017
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    John Katko, vote no on tax cuts for you and your rich campaign Donors.

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  • Lori
    11/16/2017
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    I expect you to vote against this bill. So much is wrong with it. While as a middle income American, I don’t mind paying necessary taxes. But I don’t want to pay them if corporations and the wealthy don’t pay their share. Trickle down economics is just an illusion the robber barons in charge of country use to justify hoarding wealth.

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  • Mancos
    11/16/2017
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    Not to sound morbid but upon reflection I think the GOP is quite clear...oppress women and minorities and if you are sick or old, do your patriotic duty and die. After a year of this it becomes more difficult to remain optimistic for the future as I see what is in the hearts of the white men in Congress. 2018 has become my mantra.

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  • Chuck
    11/16/2017
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    Like lemmings, Republicans are rushing to pass tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy like trump. Hopefully , the cliff they reach will be the 2018 election.

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  • Rick
    11/16/2017
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    To support and vote for this Tax Cut bill you are turning your back on your constituents. Eliminating the Estate Tax and giving rich individuals and corporations huge increases in wealth while hurting social programs in the future( how are you paying for this?) your belief system is really anti-American. Please do the write thing and vote NO!

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  • Joseph
    11/16/2017
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    Vote No on this tax bill! I do t want my children and grandchildren paying for corporate tax cuts. This bill borrows the money from their future.

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  • VSB
    11/16/2017
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    Let's be clear. The tax cuts are for the corporations and the 1 percenters. All tax deductions are removed which hurts most of us. It's called double taxation! Now we will pay state and local taxes and federal taxes with no deductions. This isn't good for anyone but the rich. This is the rick people's tax plan. Plus they just added to the bill to repeal the individual mandate of Obamacare, ACA!. Vote no! Tell GOP that we see and we know what this corrupt GOP are doing! If this passes the GOP will be fading, fading, fading from politics! Share this message with the GOP.

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