BREAKING: House passes first rewrite of nation's tax laws in three decades, providing steep tax cuts for businesses, the wealthy.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 19, 2017
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 19, 2017
When it comes to the modern GOP, we’re speaking of people who could fvck up a one-car funeral procession. Unlike most monstrosities, this bill has at least two very obvious fathers, both of whom I shall take delight in seeing suffer for its every real & imagined failures…
… House Republicans thought they had finished their tax work on Tuesday afternoon when they passed a version of the bill 227 to 203. But the effort hit a snag Tuesday afternoon when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that three of its provisions violated that chamber’s Byrd Rule — guidelines on what types of legislation can pass with a simple 50-vote majority.
To comply with the Byrd Rule, the Senate made minor tweaks to the bill before passing it, requiring the House to vote again as the two chambers must pass identical versions. The House is slated to vote Wednesday midday, and none of the changes are expected to cost the plan GOP support.
Despite the delay, Republicans celebrated Tuesday in anticipation of their plan passing, their first major legislative victory of the Trump presidency.
Trump has for months pushed Republican lawmakers to send him a tax plan by Christmas and promised in a tweet to hold a news conference at the White House around 1 p.m. Wednesday after it clears Congress…
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 19, 2017
Nobody’s gonna waste much energy holding Trump to account over this, because (a) he’s done nothing but kibbutz the whole process from the sidelines, like any other Fox-News watcher; and (b) there’s so many other terrible things Trump has done as primary actor. But if I get my Winter Solstice wish, neither the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver or the Bug-Eyed Kentucky Chelonian will be able to go out in public without umbrellas, for fear of people spitting at them…
“From a Republican point of view, this is as good as it gets and we’re more than happy to take our argument to the American people in an election contest,” McConnell tells me https://t.co/8eyGgQkibF
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) December 20, 2017
"If we can’t sell this to the American people we ought to go into another line of work," McConnell tells reporters after passing the tax reform bill.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 20, 2017
Many of you will have that opportunity in 2019. https://t.co/KZwKbo0kym
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 20, 2017
And if the Trickster God is particularly good to me, it’ll be horse-race-tout Media Village enablers holding those umbrellas…
Like it or not, big day for @SpeakerRyan. The former waiter at Tortilla Coast, located in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol, today oversees passage of a bill he's wanted his entire career.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) December 19, 2017
The fact that passing a bill that raises taxes on waiters at Tortilla Coast in order to give permanent tax cuts to corporations and billionaires and pave the way for gutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security is Ryan’s dream is hardly goosebump-worthy. https://t.co/fmF4z7EGH5
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 19, 2017
“Former waiter at Tortilla Coast” makes it sound like he was slinging shakes at a lunch counter in Kearney, Nebraska. He was working at what was essentially a House staff happy hour, & a satellite location of K-Street https://t.co/WHvrYMFloi
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 19, 2017
Like it or not, big day for Adolph Hitler. The former painter and postcard salesman from Austria today oversees the invasion of Poland, a country he's wanted his entire career. https://t.co/ekyqbztI95
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) December 19, 2017
Paul Ryan was born into one of the wealthiest families in Janesville, Wisconsin. By the time he was 28 he had around $1M in assets which included a home and rental properties. He's no working class hero because he was a waiter. https://t.co/CKvLsaxezW
— Roqayah Chamseddine (@roqchams) December 19, 2017
Hours before realizing his dream of handing the wealthy a massive tax cut, Paul Ryan tweeted a highlight reel of 20 years' worth of him lying about taxes https://t.co/WNXo15vb8q
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) December 19, 2017