Just hours after the GOP began celebrating its legislative win Tuesday, the House learned it would have to re-vote on its $1.5 trillion tax cut due to deficiencies in the bill.
The Senate parliamentarian, an adviser who helps legislators interpret laws, found three provisions in the bill that violated the so-called Senate Byrd rules. The three minor violations involve using 529 savings accounts for homeschooling expenses, exempting colleges with less than 500 students from a new endowment tax, and a technical issue with the language in the legislation.
The Senate needs 60 votes to keep the violations in the bill, so it is likely Republicans will have to remove those provisions to move forward.
The Senate will vote on the amended tax bill tonight, but since the bill was changed, the House will have to vote again on an identical bill tomorrow.
In a statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said, "The House re-vote is the latest evidence of just how shoddily written the GOP tax scam really is.”
"The wealthy and well-connected will be exploiting the hidden loopholes and giveaways in the GOP tax scam for years to come,” Pelosi added. “Meanwhile, middle-class families pay more and our children get stuck with the bill for an exploding national debt. Tomorrow, the American people will once again see the contempt House Republicans have for the future of the American middle class."
The tax bill, which was approved in a 227-203 House vote Tuesday, garnered widespread disapproval from Democrats who say it benefits the rich Americans and corporations and hurts the middle class.
President Trump is still expected to sign the bill by Christmas.