House forced to revote on GOP tax bill Wednesday

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions as he speaks to members of the media after the House passed the tax overhaul bill December 19, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill soon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Paul Ryan spoke after the House vote.

WASHINGTON — Democrats say three provisions in the Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill violate Senate rules and will likely be removed before that chamber votes on the measure.

The House approved the legislation Tuesday. But this means the House will have to vote again on the legislation once it’s been amended and approved by the Senate.

Senate passage was expected Tuesday night or early Wednesday. GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office says the House would reconsider the bill Wednesday morning and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature.


Democrats said the Senate parliamentarian had found three items that violated Senate rules.

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These included one provision that would let families use tax-advantaged 529 accounts for home-schooling expenses, as well as part of the criteria used to determine whether the endowments of private universities are subject to the legislation’s new excise tax.

The problem was revealed by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, the ranking member of the Budget Committee, and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, ranking member of the Finance Committee.

The two issued a joint statement:

“In the mad dash to provide tax breaks for their billionaire campaign contributors, our Republican colleagues forgot to comply with the rules of the Senate. We applaud the parliamentarian for determining that three provisions in this disastrous bill are in violation of the Byrd rule. It is our intention to raise a point of order to remove these provisions from the conference report and require the House to vote on this bill again. Instead of providing tax breaks to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations, we need to rebuild the disappearing middle class.”