Updated: December 14, 2017
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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