DC Daily: House, Senate to vote on tax plan; Trump heads to Disney World -- sort of

Posted at 7:56 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 10:56:57-05

What's happening in the political world:

House, Senate prepare to vote on tax overhaul
-- House lawmakers are getting ready to vote Tuesday on the most sweeping tax overhaul in a generation, with the Senate expected to vote on the plan soon after.

If the bill passes through both, it could be on President Trump's desk by the end of this week.

Ahead of the vote, there is word that a small number of House republicans are expected to vote against the bill. Meanwhile, no GOP senators oppose the plan.

Some experts say the tax overhaul could be very beneficial for businesses, particularly due to the permanent cut of the corporate tax rate.

While the plan would be good for wealthy Americans, many Democrats believe it will not be good for the middle class.

A new analysis found that 70 percent of middle-income Americans would see a tax hike in 10 years.

Meanwhile, in that same time span, 76 percent of wealthy Americans would receive a tax cut.

President heads to Disney World -- sort of
-- President Trump is now part of Disney's Hall of Presidents attraction at Disney World.

The Hall of Presidents, which features animatronic versions of past presidents, was closed since January due to construction and technology upgrades but is opening Tuesday to the public.

New to the exhibit is Trump, who recorded remarks exclusively for the attraction.

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

Mueller team denies accusations over Trump team emails
-- A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller has denied accusations by Trump transition lawyers that Mueller's team got unauthorized access to thousands of transition emails.

"When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner's consent or appropriate criminal process," the spokesman, Peter Carr, said early Sunday.

Lawyers representing the transition wrote to members of Congress accusing Mueller's team of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails in the course of its Russia investigation, including what they claim to be documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

The transition maintains the emails, which were on a government domain, were its property and should not have been handed over without its approval. The emails in question involve 13 transition officials, including four senior ones, according to the letter.

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CNN contributed to this report