El Presidente Trumpo’s tax plan has begun the long process of becoming law as Republicans passed a procedural vote to begin debate on the bill.
US Senate passes motion to proceed and begin debate on GOP tax bill; vote was along party lines, 52-48 – @frankthorp
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 29, 2017
The Senate has passed a procedural vote on the tax bill that allows debate to begin on the measure with a final vote expected late Thursday or Friday.
The procedural vote passed 52-48.
After learning blistering lessons from their health care debacle, the GOP Senate has managed — so far — to hold their conference together and keep inching toward legislation that will extensively rewrite the country’s tax code for the first time in three decades.But, behind-the-scenes negotiations continue and there is plenty that could go wrong. The party nearly skidded off schedule Tuesday over concerns from Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Corker wanted to ensure that tax bill would actually lead to economic growth and was able to secure an agreement in principle that would trigger some kind of automatic tax increase if the GOP’s anticipated growth didn’t materialize. Johnson, meanwhile, went into the GOP tax vote in the Budget Committee still frustrated about the way the tax bill treated tax rates for pass-through business income, but voted anyway to advance the proposal, saying that he wanted to keep the process going.
I’m just not sure they can pass anything, but they will be animated by knowing that they’ll be completely and utterly panned by their base if they don’t. And Trump is eager to pass anything so that he can declare victory.