DC Daily: Big Senate vote on tax reform bill looms

Posted at 8:26 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 12:00:51-05

What's happening in the political world:

Senate prepares for possible vote on tax reform
-- The Senate is gearing up for a big vote on a tax reform bill Thursday or Friday.

On Wednesday, a Senate committee passed the bill, sending it to the floor for debate and a final vote.

President Trump touted the plan during a speech in Missouri Wednesday night, saying: "A typical family of four earning $75,000, as an example, will see their taxes go down by as much as $2,000. That's a lot."

However, the Congressional Budget Office says that's not the case. According to the CBO's assessment, the bill would increase taxes for people making less than $40,000 a year and provide tax cuts for those making over $100,000 per year.

With the plan now in the hands of the Senate, some Republicans have yet to show their full support for the proposed bill.

Among the GOP senators who remain unsure about the tax reform bill are two who have had very public battles with President Trump during his first year in office: Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake.

Another U.S. senator who has traded barbs with Trump, John McCain, said he would vote in favor of the bill.

Read more

Trump's morning tweet(s)
-- The president touched on several topics on his Twitter timeline Thursday morning:

Republican lawmaker critical of Trump's retweets
-- GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said he believes President Trump's retweets of anti-Muslim videos was "not helpful at all" as it pertains to the fight against terrorism.

Speaking to CNN, the Illinois congressman and Air Force veteran said, "I think we have ISIS on its heels. We're fighting, frankly, these forces of evil all over the world. But I do think it matters if you retweet a video that's not real or that is put out by an extremist, I guess, in the UK."

Trump retweeted three videos Wednesday morning, showing people purported to be Muslims carrying out assaults and, in one video, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Kinzinger said there are mornings when he wakes up saying he wished the president hadn't tweeted.

Read more

Jerry Springer says he won't run for office
-- Talk show host Jerry Springer said he will not run for governor of Ohio in 2018, saying it's not something he can do at this point.

Springer, a Democrat and former mayor of Cincinnati, was reportedly urged by several influential Ohio Democrats to run for governor.

The 73-year-old Springer previously considered running for U.S. Senate in 2000 and 2004, but decided against it. In 1982, he ran for governor of Ohio, but was defeated in the Democratic primary.

Read more

CNN contributed to this report