- - -  THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 15, 2017  - - -

Hill Headlines

Tax Deal Reached on Republican Tax Reform Plan: The conference committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) has reached a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Several unpopular provisions, such as ending tax deductions for medical expenses and graduate student tuition waivers, have been removed. The plan continues to yield a $1.5 trillion deficit over ten years that will put pressure on Congress to make cuts to programs such as Medicaid. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the final version of the bill early next week.

Legislative Updates


Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act: H.R. 1730, sponsored by Rep. Kustoff (R-TN-8), was passed by the House. The bill expands protections for houses of worship to include faith-based community centers, and increases penalties for damage to religious institutions worth $5,000 or more.
02.pngRestoring Net Neutrality: After the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality regulations known as the Open Internet Order, Rep. Doyle (D-PA-14) and Sen. Markey (D-MA) announced they would introduce legislation to overturn the repeal. Rep. Maloney (D-NY-18) had previously filed a bill to block the FCC from proceeding with its vote due to concerns about the public comment process.
03.pngStudent Security Act: Rep. Garrett (R-VA-5) introduced H.R. 4584, which would allow college graduates to receive $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month that they defer eligibility for receiving social security payments later in life.

04.pngProtecting Students From Worthless Degrees Act: Rep. Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) introduced a bill that would withhold federal financial aid for higher education programs that fail to prepare their students to meet standards for their chosen future occupations’ licensing requirements.

Hill Events

Rally Against the GOP Tax Scam

On the day the conference committee on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act met, members of Congress and advocates rallied at the Capitol to oppose the plan and call for the final vote on the bill to be postponed until Senator-Elect Doug Jones (D-AL) is sworn in.

Further Reading

Muslim Ban? Fewer Muslim Refugees, Immigrants, and Travelers Enter U.S. in 2017 | Cato Institute | December 12, 2017

Use this calculator and see how the tax bill will affect your paycheck | CNN | December 13, 2017

Hill Buzz

On the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“Today, we are closer than ever before to getting comprehensive pro-growth tax reform across the finish line.” - Sen. Capito (R-WV)

“[The process] is a brazen partisan attempt to jam through legislation that would devastate our economy with as little scrutiny or debate as possible.” - Sen. Murray (D-WA)

On the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote:

“The Obama administration’s net neutrality rule was one of the many examples of executive overregulation...Now, internet freedom has been restored.” - Rep. Biggs (R-AZ-5)

“Today’s decision...ends the era of the open internet. Ending Net Neutrality will allow internet service providers to slow speeds on certain websites, charge new fees, and even block websites altogether.” - Rep. Cicilline (D-RI-1)
Action Alert

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