Had they been able to pass Obamacare repeal and replace, infrastructure planning, or border security measures that included the wall, we wouldn’t even be seeing tax reform on the table yet. They would spend the time necessary to put together a much better plan than the Frankenstein of compromises the House and even more so the Senate had to get on paper for passage. Unfortunately, they passed nothing in 2017 so far.
With only a couple of weeks left to get something on the books, they’ll pass a tax plan. Whatever wheeling and dealing they have to do to bring reluctant members on board to the reconciled version of the plan, they’re going to make it happen and put it on the President’s desk before Christmas. It won’t matter if it’s a good plan (which it almost certainly won’t be). It won’t matter if it will balloon the debt or affect deficits. It won’t even matter if they’re forced to make big, unpopular future cuts in order to stay afloat. They’re going to get it passed. They have to or they won’t have a chance to do anything after the midterm elections.
Congressional Republicans say they are pressing forward after the Senate passed its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill late last week and that its differences with the House version shouldn’t create major roadblocks in the process as they look to send a bill to President Trump’s desk before year’s end.
The House adjusted its schedule this week so members can vote Monday to formally take the issue to a bicameral conference committee, where a small group of members will hammer out differences between the two versions and produce a final product that can pass in both chambers.