Tax cut bill passes House, Senate with no Democrat votes

On Tuesday, the Senate and the House passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act with no Democrats voting to cut taxes for American families.  The measure passed the House with 227 Republican votes and later passed the Senate on a 51-48 vote.  The measure will need to be reconsidered by the House due to three provisions the Senate parliamentarian said violated Senate budget rules.

According to ABC News:

The House approved the bill earlier Tuesday but will have to vote again on Wednesday. Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber’s parliamentarian that several minor provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, forcing the House into an embarrassing second vote.

One of those provisions would allow 529 savings accounts, which are now used for college tuition, to help finance home schooling. Another would exempt a small tuition-free college in Kentucky from a new tax on endowments.

The Republican bill was initially approved on a 227-203 vote in the House earlier Tuesday, with no Democrats supporting it. Twelve Republicans also voted against the measure.

With Vice President Mike Pence presiding over the chamber and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on hand, the Senate then voted 51-48 in favor of the bill. The Senate’s bill will go back to the House for a final vote, after which President Donald Trump could sign the package, dubbed the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, into law before week’s end. It would be his first significant legislative accomplishment and the biggest tax overhaul in a generation.

Breitbart added:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the “worst bill to ever come to the floor of the House” and is a “looting of America.”

Pelosi added that the bill will “install a permanent plutocracy in America.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) argued that lawmakers should vote for the tax reform legislation “to raise the paychecks of the American people.”

Speaker Paul Ryan declared, “Today we give the people of this country their money back.”

After the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Brady, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and all great House Republicans who voted in favor of cutting your taxes!”

“Tax bills are expected to fall for about 70 percent of U.S. households. About half of the tax cuts will go to the middle class, according to data from the Joint Committee on Taxation,” Breitbart reported.

Naturally, protesters made their voices heard:

Flake, by the way, voted for the measure.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was not present for the vote.

Trump announced a press conference Wednesday to address the legislation:

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