Congress returned to work on Monday after the holiday break, and the stretch between now and Christmas promises to be a chaotic one. The main issue is that Republicans want to have their tax-overhaul plan on President Trump's desk before the year is out. That would be dicey enough on its own, but the Hill notes that lawmakers also need to resolve a Dec. 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, with the issues of immigration and health care complicating all of the above. Details and developments:
- 6 problems: Republicans can afford to lose only two GOP votes in the Senate on the tax plan, and Axios counts six potential nays at the moment: John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker, all of whom would seemingly relish snubbing Trump; plus Susan Collins, Ron Johnson, and a new name in the mix, Steve Daines of Montana.
- The push: The Washington Post reports on negotiations currently underway to win over the holdouts. Johnson and Daines worry GOP leaders the most, and both senators feel the current tax plan favors corporations over other, typically smaller, businesses. Tax breaks to help the latter could result, though the leaders would then have to find ways to offset that loss in revenue.