After Much Bickering, House Tax Panel Amends GOP Plan
Panel votes on party lines for amendments
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2017 2:05 AM CST
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, begins the markup process of the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul as members propose amendments and changes to shape the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – After a day of partisan bickering over whether the Republicans' sweeping tax plan would truly help the middle class, a key House panel on Monday approved late changes. Lawmakers restored the tax exemption for employees receiving child care benefits from their companies, but also put new requirements on a tax credit used by working people of modest means, the AP reports. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 24-16 along party lines to adopt the amendment made to the complex GOP tax legislation put forward last Thursday. It was the first of several expected days of work on the bill, as Republicans drive to push legislation through Congress to President Trump's desk by Christmas.

The vote on the amendment capped a rancorous marathon session in which Republicans and Democrats argued heatedly over the nearly $6 trillion plan. Democrats repeatedly lodged objections to the bill, especially to its limits on prized deductions for homeowners and its repeal of the child adoption credit and the deduction for medical expenses. Republicans focused on findings by Congress' nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation that the bill would lower taxes across all income levels over the next several years. Democrats returned repeatedly to a section of the analysis showing taxes would actually go up beginning in 2023 for some 38 million taxpayers or families making $20,000 to $40,000 a year. "There are a lot of people expecting a tax cut who would be big losers under this bill," proclaimed Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey.


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