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As White House Declares Victory, Congress Is Bracing For A Legislative “Groundhog’s Day”

After a difficult first half, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan managed to score two major legislative victories this week just before the clock ran out on what has been one of the most contentious Congresses in recent memory. By marshalling a fractious Republican caucus, the leadership averted a federal government shutdown on the day before […]


Susan Collins Will Vote For Senate Tax Reform Plan

Update: In a statement, Susan Collins declared her intention to vote for the Senate GOP tax plan, saying the GOP leadership's decisions to preserve state and local tax deductions up to $10,000 and to expand the child tax credit helped win her support. "I will cast my vote in support of the Senate tax reform […]


Democrats’ Last-Ditch Effort To Force Tax Reform Back To Committee Fails By Vote Of 56-44

Update (2:35PM EST): And just like that, another forced procedural vote to push the GOP tax reform bill back to committee fails by a vote of 56-44. * * * Tune in below as the Senate takes yet another vote on a procedural motion to force the GOP tax reform legislation back to committee.  As […]


Republican Leaders Say GOP Has The Votes To Pass Tax Plan

Update: Two of the last remaining holdouts have confirmed that they will vote for tax reform. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he now supports the bill. Susan Collins said a deal had been reached to include her unspecified property tax deduction amendment in the bill, and she has tentatively said she'll vote yes. It looks […]


In Critical Test Of Tax Reform Bill, Senate Narrowly Approves Motion To Start Debate With 52-48 Vote

Update (5:55PM EST): After a full day of debating the GOP tax reform bill, the Senate has now approved a motion to…drum roll please…debate the GOP tax reform bill.  As we detailed below, this was the first big test for the GOP’s tax bill before the entire Senate and it narrowly passed with a vote […]


These 8 Republican Senators Have Serious Reservations About Tax Reform

As we’ve repeatedly pointed out, Mitch McConnell’s push to force tax reform through the senate is facing opposition from several disparate groups of senators, each of which is demanding its own set of changes. Concerns primarily center on the taxation of partnerships, limited liabilities and other companies; on the overall cost of the tax bill […]


Congress Is Bracing For A “Nightmare” December

Since President Donald Trump took office in January, the GOP Congressional leadership has repeatedly failed to corral the votes needed to transform the president’s legislative agenda into law, largely thanks to the Republicans’ razor-thin majority in the senate, which has bred factionalism and encouraged senators to play hardball to try and strong-arm the leadership into […]


House Set To Pass GOP Tax-Reform This Afternoon

Last night, Sen. Ron Johnson surprised the GOP Senate leadership by coming out against the republican tax plan "in its current form", the latest sign that the Republican push to pass comprehensive tax reform by New Year’s will struggle in the Senate. Still, that won’t stop the more Trump-friendly House of Representatives from passing their […]


Senate Begins “Marking Up” Tax Reform Plan As Post-Thanksgiving Vote Looms

The House is expected to vote on and, hopefully, pass its tax reform package on Thursday, but the Senate’s plan still hasn’t made it out of committee. Luckily for the Trump administration – which badly needs this legislative victory to stave off a donor mutiny –  this could soon change: To wit, the Finance Committee […]


Here’s The Latest On The GOP Tax Bill As The Senate Starts Debate

Much like the Obamacare repeal and replace effort earlier this year, the past couple of weeks have been an invariable roller coaster ride for GOP representatives as Congressional leaders have tried to form some level of consensus within a fractured party with competing interests.   This week will undoubtedly be no different. In light of […]


Stocks Tumble On News Senate Tax Plan To Delay Corporate Tax Cut Until 2019

Confirming reports from earlier this week that the Senate GOP tax plan would delay the corporate tax cut for (at least) one year, a move that would strip the proposed tax reform of its most potent benefit, moments ago the Wapo reported that in a few hours, Senate Republicans will propose delaying a cut in […]


John McCain Confirms: Tax Reform Is “DOA In The Senate”

It’s official: The Republican tax reform bill is dead on arrival in the Senate now that John McCain has become the third Republican senator to confirm that he plans to vote against it. What’s worse for the Trump administration, McCain reportedly wants the bill to receive input from both parties – a criticism that he […]


“Incompetent, Clueless” Corker Slams “Utterly Untruthful President” Trump Ahead Of Party-Unity Meeting

Update (11:50 am ET): With just one hour remaining until Trump’s lunch meeting with Republican Senators on the Hill, Senator Bob Corker is apparently not yet ready to tone down his feud with President Trump having just told CNN that Trump will be most remembered for “the debasement of our country” after he leaves office. […]


Feud Erupts Between Trump And Corker Just Hours Before Critical Senate Meeting

At 1pm EST President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill to huddle with Senate Republicans in hopes that he can somehow mend fences with certain members of his own party and save his tax plan from meeting the same fate as his Obamacare repeal efforts. That said, he seems to be off to a bad […]


Trump Encourages Detente Between Bannon And McConnell As Tax Reform Deadline Looms

After yesterday’s Rose Garden press conference, where President Donald Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured reporters that they have a “good” relationship, they appear to have put their widely publicized feud behind them. But having patched things up with McConnell, Trump is now reportedly trying to convince his one-time employee, former White House Chief […]