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.
These included one provision that would let families use tax-advantaged 529 accounts for home-schooling expenses.
The problem was revealed by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about the 500 page plan making its way through the house.
“Thirty one years is long time, but we’re back with comprehensive tax reform,” said McConnell.
However, it isn’t sitting so well with those on the other side of the aisle.
“Creates a huge hole in the budget and who’s going to fill the hole in the budget? <heads toward door> Not the lobbyist walking in and out of <opens door> Senator McConnell’s office 100 feet down the hall,” said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. “It is an all-out looting of America, the whole sale robbery of the middle class,” added Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader.
Once the Senate votes to approve the bill, it will head back to the house. Once passed, it will head to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.
The bill will not affect the 2017 taxes that you will begin filing in January.
It would begin with the tax returns filed after 2018.