Updated: December 22, 2017
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur - Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting) - cConnell, R-Ky., motion that the Senate recede from its amendment and concur in the bill with a further amendment. The bill would revise the federal income tax system by lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for "pass-through" business income through 2025.
Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur - Vote Agreed to (66-32, 2 Not Voting) - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Jan. 19, 2018. The bill, as amended, would authorize $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, $2.9 billion in mandatory funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and $550 million in funding to Community Health Centers through Mar. 31. The bill would exempt funding provided to the Children's Health Insurance Fund and other health programs, as well as the tax overhaul package, from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. It would provide $4.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. It would also e xtend authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through Jan. 19, including FISA Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain data from electronic service providers or non-U.S. persons who reside outside the U.S.
Grasz Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (50-48, 2 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Leonard S. Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
Willett Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (50-47, 3 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Don R. Willett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
Ho Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed James C. Ho to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
Nielsen Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of Homeland Security.
Balash Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (61-38, 1 Not Voting) - The Senate confirmed Joseph Balash to be assistant secretary of the Interior.
Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations - Vote Agreed to (81-14, 5 Not Voting) - The House passed the joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills. The bill also would allow state Children's Health and Insurance Programs to receive extra redistribution funds beyond what is currently allowed, supporting the program's operations through the end of December.
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed - Vote Agreed to (52-48) - McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering individual and corporate tax rates; consolidating the current seven tax income rates into four rates; eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes; limiting certain deductions for property taxes and home mortgages; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries.
Tax Overhaul - Education Savings Accounts - Vote Agreed to (51-50) - Cornyn, R-Texas, for Cruz, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Hatch, R-Utah, substitute amendment, that would allow tuition expenses or the cost of school supplies for secondary public, private or religious school to be treated the same as higher education expenses for certain tax purposes. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie and voted in the affirmative.
Tax Overhaul - Passage - Vote Passed (51-49) - Passage of the bill, as amended, that would revise the federal income tax system by lowering individual and corporate tax rates, repealing various deductions through 2025, specifically by eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes through 2025, increasing the deduction for pass-through entities and raising the child tax credit through 2025. It would also open parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
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