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Today In Washington

October 19, 2017

Source: AEO Government Relations Team, Madison Services Group


Tax Reform: Vote-O-Rama

Today, the Senate will continue debate of its FY 2018 Budget Resolution. There is a possibility that they are in session late into the night due to a “vote-o-rama.” A vote-o-rama is a term specific to the Senate where Senators debate a series of individual amendments for 10 minutes each, and then vote on the amendments consecutively. This process can last into the early morning hours of the following day. Some of the possible amendment votes are below:  

  • Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) & Richard Durbin (D-IL): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing tax benefits to patriot employers that invest in American jobs and provide fair pay and benefits to workers (#1378)
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the expansion of access to the income tax credit for employee health insurance expenses of small employers (#1135)
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to reducing tax complicity for small businesses (#1143)
  • Senator John McCain (R-AZ): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the improvement of broadband in rural America (#1152)
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) amendment to create a point of order against legislation that would raise taxes on businesses that hire veterans, active service members, or the long-term unemployed (#1161)
  • Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD): amendment to create a point of order against legislation that would eliminate incentives that promote economic development and investment in economically distressed communities (#1177)
  • Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing regulatory relief for community banks (#1185)
  • Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to expanding rural broadband to close the digital divide and ensure rural America has equal access to the technology needed to participate and success in the 21st century economy (#1186)
  • Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve funding relating to rural development (#1240)
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to addressing the many barriers faced by women business owners and entrepreneurs, including promoting the Women’s Business Center program (#1272)
  • Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): amendment to bring fairness to the taxation of business earnings by making the owners of capital bear the full tax burden, as compared to the current system under which the burden of business taxation falls on employees via lower wages and consumers via higher prices (#1282)
  • Senator John Boozman (R-AR): amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring the ability of small businesses to use volunteers (#1307)
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): amendment to allow for reduction of payroll taxes (#1362)

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