The vote was 216 to 212…..
New York, New Jersey and California REPUBLICAN House memebers voted AGAINST the outline of what a possible final budget would end up being….
Because in the plan’s tax cut part?
People in those states would LOSE tax advantages and the budget would actually INCREASE the nations budget deficit by as much as $2 TRILLON. over the next 10 years…
To say the whole thing is crazyily unbalanced is a understatement ….
The final product is unlikely to look anything like what they voted on today….
The Republican ‘s now will have to try to CUT hundreds of billions from programs benefiting poor and middel class Americans to give to the rich 1% and their businesses…
Final approval of the budget measure clears the way for House leaders to unveil their tax plan next Wednesday, with a formal bill drafting expected by mid-November. The high-stakes legislative sprint could affect households in every state and businesses in every industry, with enormous political consequences for President Trump and Republicans in Congress.
The budget measure would allow for a tax bill that adds as much as $1.5 trillion to federal deficits over a decade, at a time when the federal government is already piling up more and more debt, which has now topped $20 trillion. The deficit for the 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, totaled $666 billion, an increase of $80 billion from the previous year.
The outline of a tax plan unveiled in September would cut the corporate income tax rate to 20 percent, from 35 percent, collapse individual income tax brackets from seven to three, with tax rates of 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent, and double the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. But the hardest decisions on how to mitigate the costs of the proposal have yet to be made.
The blueprint, as unveiled, would cost the Treasury more than $2 trillion over a decade, according to estimates by tax-writing experts. Now Congress must now find a way to force those proposals into a $1.5 trillion budget hole.
Disagreements on how to do that have begun spilling into public view. In addition to the dispute over the deduction for state and local taxes, Mr. Trump and the House’s chief tax writer, Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, have collided over the issue of retirement savings, another delicate issue.
Republicans hope that by the end of the year, they will be able to deliver to Mr. Trump the first significant revamping of the tax code since the Reagan administration, a feat that would show that unified Republican government can take on a big challenge and produce success.
But overhauling the tax code is an exceedingly difficult task, as evidenced by the decades that have passed since it was last achieved….
Republicans are using the same procedure, called reconciliation, to avoid having to win the eight Democratic votes they would likely need to pass the bill with a 60-vote super-majority in the 100-member Senate. Reconciliation is a procedural mechanism originally intended to quickly clean up minor differences in the spending plans proposed by the Senate and the House by setting aside rules that slow the process. Lawmakers quickly learned that, with carefully written legislation, they could also move controversial legislation, like massive tax cuts or an overhaul of the health-care system, through reconciliation.
Didn’t the attempts to repeal health care with reconciliation fail?
Indeed they did. Republicans only have a two-vote margin in the Senate (effectively three, if you include vice president Mike Pence’s ability to cast the tie-breaking vote). If they lose just three votes, they still can’t pass anything. It’s possible the same thing will happen with this tax bill—except that cutting taxes is a far easier sell to Republicans, of course. It’s why they put up with Donald Trump….
What’s left to find out?
Everything, really. Like most preliminary documents, both the unified framework and the budget resolution kick the most critical decisions down the road. Republicans face a tightrope wire between who benefits from the tax cuts, and how much of the cuts get paid for versus how much the public will borrow. The more debt in the plan, the harder it will be to win critical votes in the Senate. But paying for the tax cuts by reducing loopholes—such as the deductions for state and local taxes, charitable giving or retirement savings—could alienate lawmakers whose constituents benefit. It’s a very difficult line to walk…