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The Daily Countable: Taxes, Taxes, Taxes — And Trump's Big Push

by Countable | 11.28.17

Greetings, on this fine Tuesday, folks. Big happenings afoot in your government: make sure your Reps know what you think!

One Big Thing

The tax bill. That's it. That's the One Big Thing on the Senate's plate right now, with Republican leaders scrambling and horse-trading to get it passed. The majority party can only afford to lose two votes, with it's razor thin margin in the Senate — but several more than that are wavering on the bill. That means crunch time. Stepping in to the crunch today is President Donald Trump. He'll be up on the other side of Pennsylvania avenue, trying to convince those wandering Senators to pass the tax package.

And even if the GOP does get it passed, that sets up a potentially tougher hurdle: negotiation with House Republicans over final details. But wait! There's More! Congress is in a frenzy to pass several other giant bills before they break in less than two weeks. Here's what's on the schedule.

On the Radar

Is the FAA the nation's most effective agency? That's the implication of this story about how the Federal Aviation Administration is being stymied by one of President Trump's early Executive Orders. The order directs agencies to strike two regulations for every one it instates. Problem is, the FAA has a change to make, but can't find two to strip — and the new regulation is meant to help commercial airlines hire military-trained pilots. Read more about it here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • President Trump goes to the U.S. Capitol where he will speak with the Republican Senate Caucus.
  • Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with congressional leadership.

The House of Representatives: In Session

The Senate: In Session

  • Confirmation vote on the nomination of Gregory Katsas to be Circuit Court Judge for the D.C. Circuit.



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  • Terri
    11/28/2017
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    The Senate Tax Bill is not about tax reform. It’s not about fairness and equity. It is about further decimating the American middle class and destroying the social and political structure that has enabled the US to prosper for decades. I encourage you to stand on the right side of history and vote against permanent tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate interests, who already pay low taxes by global standards. Vote instead for the millions of working Americans who are the backbone of this country.

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  • Karen
    11/28/2017
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    Uh, uh- TAXES!! I WILL NOT give my hard earned money to the wealthy minority in this country. Your job is to support your constituents-The majority of Americans. Not to do the bidding of the Uber wealthy and your big corporate masters. Also offensive, the enticement to the far right -eliminating the Johnson act, another protection for the American people against false churches set up as tax shelter scams in order to support right wing causes. And a protection against the anti-democratic institution called THEOCRACY. . If you vote to eliminate The Johnson Act- you are a traitor to the American people. Hardworking Americans can’t afford cuts to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations. This whole process has been based on secrets, lies, and hiding the ball from the American people — it’s the wrong path for middle-class families. The GOP tax plan throws hardworking individuals and families under the bus — while the top 1% gets about 50% of the cuts, up to half of middle-class families would see their taxes go up. The American people and their families need you to stand with them — vote no on this evil and anti- american bill.

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  • Rebecca
    11/28/2017
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    The GOP tax bill is a flaming bag of dog turds left on America’s doorstep. The children of oligarchs get to keep their daddies’ billions. America’s teachers don’t get to keep the miniscule tax benefit they get from spending money on supplies for their classrooms. Corporate tax cuts are permanent. The ones for the middle class evaporate. The deficit will balloon. Higher education will be destroyed; graduate students and he children of college janitors will pay taxes on tuition stipends. This bill is awful. Kill it.

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  • Leigh
    11/28/2017
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    Do not vote to pass this tax bill which in its current state punishes the poor and the middle class, veterans, the elderly, and students. Giant corporations should PAY taxes not expect breaks in return for money to political campaigns. It is so frustrating to watch this process be handled by people so completely out of touch with what the consequences of their actions will be. Sigh.

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  • Yvette
    11/28/2017
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    Trickle down is not a viable economic policy. It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It won’t work now. You know this. If you vote for this plan, I want the names of the donors that told you to stop calling if you can’t push it thru. Your constituents deserve to know who bought you.

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  • Bradley
    11/28/2017
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    Trickle down economics again?! I'm wondering are my elected officials to stupid to know this does not work, or do they assume I'm to stupid to know that this doesn't work?

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  • Lisa
    11/28/2017
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    Let’s just get real...we are just a weapons dealer with a army. Watching this tax scam pass the committee. The senators have sold their souls to the devil. Anyone who voted for this tax scam will pay in the 2018 election or later. It’s time for impeachment.

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  • Celeste
    11/28/2017
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    I do not see how you can in any way justify tax breaks for the wealthiest people and corporations in the country while leaving the poor and middle class in worse shape than before. History has shown trickle down doesn’t work. Those jobs, if any, will be going over seas or will be automated. Whether your constituents realize it or not, you are hurting them. They will eventually wake up and there will be hell to pay!

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  • Ken
    11/28/2017
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    VOTE NO ON THE CURRENT TAX BILLS BEFORE CONGRESS. Why is the Republican Party rushing back to the the early 1900s. Removing protections for the environment, safety regulations, financial rules that prevent economic disasters, civil rights, voting rights, the social safety net, and giving tax breaks for those who least need it is taking us backwards. Less than 30% of the people support th these proposals. Vote to protect what makes America great not tear it down.

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  • Sherrie
    11/28/2017
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    The tax bill as written is unacceptable. Why would you give breaks to wealthy Americans and companies that intend to buy back stocks and give dividends to stockholders. Reagan's tax cuts proved that the trickle down theory doesn't work. Why would taxes on lower income Americans go up in 2019? How can these be called middle class tax breaks. Get real. Vote NO

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  • Vicky
    11/28/2017
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    VOTE NO please this hurts most Americans and as a newly retired couple on Social Security and Medicare we will be harmed.

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  • Kay
    11/28/2017
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    I hear comments made in frustration on how some people have succeeded in life without any hand outs and hence, why should others need help? I can say "me too!" But I remember it differently. My father became disabled with a terminal illness, not caused by his lifestyle, during my freshman year in college. I received loans, scholarships, grants and worked to stay in school, but I also received a small remittance from the government to help pay for my living expenses during my college years. I am sure Gustavus received benefits for helping students, but that is not quickly transparent. I went on to work successfully and have easily paid back those funds. My granddaughter was born prematurely and with a disorder that will require medical support and meds throughout her life. She is a joy to us and I am grateful for the excellent healthcare she receives. Both her parents work and have excellent health insurance, but how many others cannot work due to more extreme conditions or medical issues of their own? Personally, I would prefer my tax dollars go to help people rather than rich CEOs and corporations. This is giving Tuesday. I am proud to d ate and pay taxes for the benefits we all may need sometime n our lives.

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  • Donna
    11/28/2017
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    This tax bill is an insult to the average American citizen. We are not stupid and can see this for what it is -- giving in to the big-money donors who, thanks to the stupidity of Citizens United, are controlling our government and don't want to pay taxes anymore. I have sent at least two emails to my representatives requesting justification for the nonsense they have put in this proposed legislation and have yet to hear back. No surprise there. I am not holding out any hope that common sense will prevail and this atrocity will be defeated. I can't wait till the next representative from the GOP starts talking about cutting our services because they blew up the deficit with this give-away and can't afford to pay themselves anymore. I will be sending daily HYPOCRITE messages to all of them. Funny when your back is against the wall, the deficit and the CBO are meaningless. If Congress actually knew how to govern (include, listen, compromise), this nation would not be on the brink of destruction.

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  • Saratheone
    11/28/2017
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    Senate Vote NO on the tax bill. It will be a disaster. Please do not follow the blind down the rabbit hole!!! Most of your constituents will be harmed by this. The middle class was counting on you and this will be an epic fail for them.

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  • Jean
    11/28/2017
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    ‪ I am a U.S. taxpayer and voter, and I’m writing to ask you to stop attacking our families’ health care, end partisan attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), stop cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, and reject any tax plan that benefits the wealthy and mega-corporations over working families and our economy! Making cuts to programs that families rely on to stay healthy like Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA in order to give huge tax breaks to millionaires and wealthy corporations is unconscionable. Our tax policies should reflect the values of our country, and placing more value on the already wealthy and corporations over the health of our families goes against America’s moral compass and is destructive to our economy as a whole. We need real tax policies that make sure the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share and that working families can benefit equally from our tax system and economy. Please stop working to sabotage the ACA and cutting Medicaid and Medicare and get to work on shoring up programs that benefit low- and middle-income families as well as boost our economy!

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  • Mary anne
    11/28/2017
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    Absolutely a no vote on this tax break for your rich buddies. I do not want to pay them to make them richer. My category in income would definitely cause me could pay more taxes that I cannot afford. So no on the tax bill. Let’s face it need the money we do. I can’t even believe you brought this up for a vote. The most cruel Bill I have ever heard of! You really should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  • Sharon
    11/28/2017
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    In the November 27 issue of the New York Times: “With pressure increasing on Republicans to produce a legislative victory, lawmakers are contemplating changes that would exacerbate the tax bill’s divide between the rich and the middle class....The Congressional Budget Office said this week that the Senate bill, as written, would hurt workers earning less than $30,000 a year in short order, while delivering benefits to the highest earners throughout the next decade. Those estimates echo other analyses, like that by the Joint Committee on Taxation, which have found the biggest benefits of the bill increasingly flowing to the rich over time. By 2027, the budget office said, Americans earning $75,000 a year and below would, as a group, see their taxes increase, because individual tax cuts are set to expire at the end of 2025....” How can members of Congress, who are supposed to represent ALL of their constituents, morally or ethically vote for these bills? The argument based in an economic theory based in physics that has historically been shown to not work in the real world is not tenable. How can Paul Rand put his “philosophical” desire for tax cuts before the harm to real people? The carrot of increasing the child tax credit to offset the losses under this tax bill only benefits households with dependent children - why should the childless, including the elderly, bear a greater share of the burden? Do not vote for this bill which increases the deficit (which will also likely depress economic growth) and unfairly benefits only the most wealthy!

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  • Gioconda
    11/28/2017
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    ‘Incompetence’ is not defined by getting nothing passed. It is (or should be) defined as passing legislation opposed by experts in the field, non-profits, medical professionals and the majority of your constituents. Your incompetence in working for the people’s best interest may be deadly to those millions who lose their health insurance. Really, how do you sleep at night? Vote NO.

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  • Sharon
    11/28/2017
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    How stupid do you think Americans are? The tax bill is payola to big donors and big money. I vote and will be beating the drum for all the folks I know to remember who voted for this terrible bill and cast their votes accordingly.

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  • Wendy
    11/28/2017
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    So, Senator Johnson, you voted to give yourself a giant raise via a tax cut and stick it to the rest of us. Can’t say I’m surprised but I was hoping for a conscience for a change.

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