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The Daily Countable: Countdown on Net Neutrality & Tax Bill

by Countable | 12.4.17

Good Monday, friends, and welcome to the first full week of the last month of 2017. Where did the year go?! Oh wait, I know where it went — into frantic, frenetic and sometimes funky news coverage of our new president. Speaking of whom, President Trump is in Salt Lake City, Utah today, giving his pitch (to you!) for the passage of the GOP tax bill. Do your Reps know what you want them to do?

One Big Thing

Now that the tax bill passed the Senate on Friday, you can see what's in it! Senators negotiated over its details right up to the end, so it's critical to check out what made it in the final version: which is right here, on Countable. But remember! What passed the Senate is pretty darn different from what passed the House. That means tough negotiations are ahead between the two chambers before the tax bill gets anywhere near the President's desk.

On the Radar

The fight of net neutrality rules is coming down to the wire. The rules changes proposed by FCC chairman Ajit Pai are on the agenda for the Commission's upcoming meeting, on December 14th. We'll be all over it for you in these next 10 days (and beyond!) as titans of business and internet giants battle over the rules. Here's a clean, succinct explanation of the issues on the table, and how people are squaring off — including a direct link to message the FCC with your thoughts. Don't forget to contact your Reps though, because Congress has considerable power in this fight as well. Everything you need is right here!

Under the Radar

A serious scuffle is brewing over at the Treasury Department. Secretary Steve Mnuchin has assured lawmakers that he has more than a hundred staffers working on a detailed estimate of the final cost and economic projection of the GOP tax bill. Problem is, Treasury hasn't actually released any such estimate, leading Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to question whether Mnuchin either hasn't actually run the projections, or he has and doesn't want to release the results. Warren penned a stern letter to the Inspector General of Treasury, who has opened an investigation into the matter. Check out the details here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC & Salt Lake City, Utah

  • President Trump travels to Salt Lake City, UT
  • Meets with Leaders of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
  • Tours the church's Welfare Square
  • Gives remarks at the Utah State Capitol
  • Returns to Washington, DC

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a motion to go to conference committee on H.R. 1: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting to start debate on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security.


It's definitely crunch time, friends, and we're on it for you. We all need to keep eyes on our government right now — often Congress's end-of-the-year sprint brings all sorts of, oh, call it "legislative creativity." So keep in touch! And remember, I'm always eager to hear from you.

— 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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  • Phyllis
    12/04/2017
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    Keep net neutral, no changes. This is another power issue, just like the Tax bill. Trump and this Congress want total control of our country with no protection for the 98%. Be vigilant.

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  • Jt
    12/04/2017
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    The internet is a public entity. It should not be sold out to and controlled by private companies. Americans paid to build it and we should own it. If the companies want it, they should have to pay what we paid to buy it from us.

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  • Dale
    12/04/2017
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    Net neutrality needs to be maintained no matter what your donors want.

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  • Sheryl
    12/04/2017
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    Secretary Steve Mnuchin owes it to the taxpayers to release the CBO estimates of this tax bill. No one buys things without knowing first how much it costs, unless of course, you’re spending someone else’s $. Is that how you think of OUR $ Mr Mnuchin? How about we STOP paying taxes? You going to throw us ALL in jail?

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  • Louis
    12/04/2017
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    Please keep our internet neutral. I know my republican representatives are all in for reducing and eliminating regulations and removing roadblocks for businesses to make as much profit as possible (read as higher dividends for stockholders, and larger campaign contributions) yet the ability of small players in the electronic marketplace to compete on a level playing field is important to keeping opinion, commerce, and information flowing in a way that is not restricted by big business interests. Changing the rules of net neutrality will change the way businesses can compete in a national marketplace.

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  • Jennifer
    12/04/2017
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    You’re already trying to squeeze the middle class with this horrendous tax reform. Please give us a break and keep net neutrality for all. We already pay way more then other countries. You’re already trying to take all our money for taxes, killing us off with unaffordable health care and defunding public schools. Do you really hate your citizens so much you need to take everything? Corporations have enough. Leave our internet alone!

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  • Bahar
    12/04/2017
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    If net neutrality is taken away from us, know that the population will vote you out of office! I will personally make sure to advocate for candidates that support net neutrality in the coming 2018 elections!!

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  • Sheryl
    12/04/2017
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    “Most US politicians hate America. They are traitors who are legislating anti-American policies to the highest globalist bidder in order to enrich themselves. They wrap themselves in the America flag to suckle at the treasury before going through a revolving door that leads to corporate riches.” returnofkings.com

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  • Angela
    12/04/2017
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    The People want net neutrality.

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  • Joel
    12/04/2017
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    As a firm believer in market solutions and free market growth this is the one contention I have. The one thing that conservatives rely on is the idea of competition making businesses regulate themselves to stay profitable. While I agree that this is the most effective way to create new resources and economic growth it is not 100% applicable to every existing problem. Government regulation is necessary in instances where ISPs are few, and our rights are vulnerable to being infringed. With only two competitors the power held is much greater than most corporate businesses. Your first amendment rights could, if desired, be obscured behind paywalls. Political censorship is another possible emergence. Competition in other areas can be severely limited through fast and slow lanes in speed. Equal opportunity is being threatened in our age of information and people still don't know what net neutrality is. We are evolving fast and so too should our concepts of applicability. I believe in market solutions as I have said, but this is where the classical liberal in me leans left a bit. We need neutrality.

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  • Melissa
    12/04/2017
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    This is ridiculous!! Who is fighting for the majority of Americans??? We feel let down, frustrated, and alienated from our country right now. Please use your voice to fight for our rights!!!!!!

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  • Cheryl
    12/04/2017
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    Please keep net neutrality!!!! Also , please block the tax bill!!!!

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  • Bob
    12/04/2017
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    Keep the net neutral. Don't allow it to become one system for the rich and another one for the less wealthy.

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  • Fineartbyjamie
    12/04/2017
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    Please keep the net neutrality restrictions the way they are, as it is with the new tax cuts we lower middle class citizens need all the help we can get to survive.

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  • Kari
    12/04/2017
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    Keep the internet neutrality people should not have to pay extra to use a web page and internet providers should not be able to block web pages. We live in the USA not China!

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  • Tobias
    12/04/2017
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    The Republican Congress is proving they care about big donors over the majority of voters. You are not representing us. This tax bill needs to be stopped before it hurts and kills real American citizens.

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  • Jane
    12/04/2017
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    Net neutrality- a must for freedom and democracy.

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  • Brandon
    12/04/2017
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    Praying

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  • Randi
    12/04/2017
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    Keep net neutrality

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  • Barbara
    12/04/2017
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    Keep it neutral!

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