Senate OKs tax reform package, sending the bill back to the house for the final vote

The U.S. Senate’s approval of the tax debt early Wednesday was a big win for Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


The U.S. Senate, the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades of early Wednesday, all but guaranteeing that the bill will be the law.

The U.S. Senate just passed the largest in the history of tax cuts and the Reform Bill. Terrible Individual Mandate (ObamaCare)Repealed. Go to the house in the morning for a final vote presented. This should be approved, there will be a press conference at the White house at about 1:00 P. M.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2017

The vote probably also helped hand President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans an important year-end legislative triumph.

The final vote, shortly before 1 p.m. EST, was 51-48 in support of no Democrats voting in favor of the bill, and all Republicans.

Only US Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who had not announced his support for the law earlier this month, was not present for the vote. His office said he “is looking forward to returning to Washington in January”, as he is recovering from brain cancer treatment.

The Senate is meant to vote that the Vice President Mike Pence, the suspended had a trip to the Middle East, to the Capitol, if necessary, it was not necessary in the case of a tie vote, the right to vote.

#Senate has passed the #TaxReform to improve our #economy will help to grow #SmallBusiness, and our nation more #energy independence.

Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) 4. December 2017

Before Trump can log on to, the tax overhaul into law, the house of representatives to vote again, because of the procedural defects in the chamber to vote earlier Tuesday.

The office of House majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told members of the house would reconsider the Senate bill is Wednesday morning and send it to President Trump for his signature.

The house voted 227-203 in favor of the tax debt on Tuesday afternoon, but the package ran into difficulties in the Senate, because the two provisions, said that the Democrats, she ran into conflict with the Senate, the strict rules on budget reconciliation.

To avoid a filibuster rules, according to the Senate tax overhaul must address fiscal issues, not on political questions. Matters as foreign to budget for potential filibustering are subject to, which means you need 60 votes for passage, instead of a 51-vote majority.

Senate Democrats, including Vermont independent Bernie Sanders and Oregon, Ron Wyden, specifically the two provisions objected to in the house bill: for the use of 529 savings accounts for home-schooling expenses; and the other laying down the criteria to determine whether endowments of private universities are subject to the legislation of the new excise.

What a shame. That is what this bill is. It is an absolute disgrace. There is no reason for a single middle-class family to pay more, while every single corporation pays less.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 20, 2017

The Senate parliamentarian allegedly sided with Democrats, which means that these provisions will be deleted before the house votes on the bill.

Top Democrats charged that the procedural snafu was a sign that the Republicans were rushing the legislation through Congress.

“The house revote is the latest evidence of how shoddily the GOP tax written-is a fraud really,” house Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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