Republican tax overhaul: Voting 227-203, the House on Dec. 19 adopted the conference report on a GOP-drafted bill (HR 1) that would permanently reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; temporarily lower personal income taxes for most Americans; permanently cut the inheritance tax; open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, repeal the 2010 health law’s individual mandate and make other changes to the tax code and domestic programs, many of them not yet publicly identified in the measure. A yes vote was to approve the tax bill.
Tom MacArthur, R-3rd: YES
Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: NO
$81 billion for hurricane, wildfire relief: Voting 251-169, the House on Dec. 22 passed a bill (HR 4667) that would appropriate $81 billion to fund recovery from hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma and this year’s wildfires in California. A yes vote was to send the Senate a bill providing $28 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster-relief fund; $26 billion in grants to communities, $12 billion for infrastructure projects and hundreds of millions for loan programs and wildfire recovery.
Four weeks’ stopgap funding: Voting 231-188, the House on Dec. 22 passed a bill (HR 1370) that would fund the government through Jan. 19, giving law-makers more time to negotiate issues such as renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for “dreamers.” A yes vote was to pass a bill that also would temporarily extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program and fund community health centers.
Republican tax overhaul: Voting 51-48, the Senate on Dec. 20 adopted the final version of a GOP-drafted tax-overhaul (HR 1, above) that would reduce business and personal taxes by about $1.5 trillion through fiscal 2027 while adding more than $1 trillion to the $20.6 trillion national debt over 10 years. Because the bill triggers a pay-as-you-go rule, it is likely to require cuts over time in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A one-year, $25 billion Medicare spending cut is factored into the bill. A yes vote was to approve the tax bill.
Robert Menendez, D: NO
Cory Booker, D: NO
Four weeks’ stopgap funding: Voting 66-32, the Senate on Dec. 22 joined the House (above) in passing a bill (HR 1370) that would temporarily fund the government through Jan. 19, averting a partial government shutdown that midnight. A yes vote was to send the bill to President Trump for his signature.
Source: Voterama in Congress