Senate Passes GOP-Backed Tax Plan In Late-Night Vote

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
3:00pm: Convene and proceed to executive session and resume consideration of the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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This week: Congress seeks to avoid a shutdown

Four days remain until government funding expires and it still isn’t entirely clear how Congress will avoid a shutdown.

House GOP leaders are still forging ahead with a plan to pass a two-week stopgap measure to keep the government’s lights on through Dec. 22 once current funding expires after Friday, despite opposition from conservatives and uncertainty of whether Democrats would support it.

The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to set up floor debate on the two-week spending patch.

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Week ahead: Republicans close in on ObamaCare mandate repeal

Republicans are closer now than they’ve been all year to scoring a win on health care.

Republicans in the Senate passed a tax code overhaul that would also repeal one of ObamaCare’s most unpopular provisions — the individual mandate.

It’s not the full-fledged repeal of ObamaCare they have promised voters for seven years, but that could come next year after tax reform, they say.

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Scalise: House, Senate ‘pretty close’ on tax bill

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Sunday the House and Senate are “pretty close” on the key aspects of each chamber’s tax bill, despite what he acknowledged are “significant” differences.

“If you look at the House and Senate bill, both of us are pretty close on that. There are some areas where we disagree,” Scalise said on “Fox and Friends,” pointing to agreement over cutting the corporate tax rate.

The Senate passed legislation early Saturday morning to overhaul the tax code, approving the plan by a 51-49 vote.

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