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The Democrats are doing everything they can to prevent the GOP tax cut bill from passing through Congress before Christmas, desperate to prevent a win for Trump and for the economy.
After the House of Representatives voted to pass the legislation, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that 3 provisions in the bill violated Congressional rules.
Dems are even forcing Republicans to change the name of the bill, which must now be voted on again on Tuesday morning.
More from The Hill:
House Republicans will need to pass their tax plan for a second time after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that provisions in the bill violated the rules governing the legislation.
“Members are advised that we expect Senate Democrats to insist on a Byrd Point of Order on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1, which is likely to be sustained,” said guidance from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) office, which was sent to GOP lawmakers.
“As such, Members are further advised that an additional procedural vote on the Motion to Concur is expected tomorrow morning, which will clear the bill for President Trump’s signature,” his office added.
The House initially passed the tax plan earlier Tuesday, with the Senate poised to clear the bill on Tuesday night. A final vote is now expected on Wednesday.
The Senate ruled that two provisions in the bill did not comply with the budget rules of reconciliation, which Republicans are using to avid a Democratic filibuster, according to multiple congressional sources.
A House Ways and Means Committee spokesperson said “two minor provisions” would be removed from the Senate bill.
One, according to the aide, is tied to 529 accounts for homeschooling expenses pushed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The second concerns an exemption included in the tax bill that would allow universities with fewer than 500 tuition-paying students from having to pay the endowment excise tax.
The parliamentarian’s decision marks a last-minute setback for the GOP’s momentum on their tax bill. But Republican aides remained adamant that the bill would still reach Trump’s desk this week.
“The Senate will still vote tonight, and the House will vote tomorrow to send the final bill to the President’s desk,” the Ways and Means spokesperson said. “Chairman [Kevin] Brady [R-Texas] will work to restore these provisions in a future tax bill.”
The media tells us that President Trump’s tweets are exaggerations, lies and falsehoods.’
But when Trump writes that “all Democrats do is obstruct, obstruct, OBSTRUCT!” we’re thinking he’s got them pegged with 100% accuracy.