Today in Washington - September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

Source: Jennifer White - Legislative Counsel

Congress returns to Washington today for a short week.


Appropriations Watch  Lawmakers are aiming to vote this week in both chambers on a final spending package covering Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water and Legislative Branch spending. The House today will consider 24 measures, starting with a bill that would authorize a new office at the Homeland Security Department aimed at deterring chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks.


Tax Reform 2.0  The House Ways and Means Committee plans to debate, amend, and vote on the tax 2.0 package tomorrow, which the JCT estimates would cost more than $657 billion over a decade. The committee will consider all three bills in the 2.0 package: the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, which would make the individual provisions in the 2017 tax law permanent; the Family Savings Act of 2018, which focuses on retirement plans; and the American Innovation Act of 2018, which is meant to spur innovation by allowing startup businesses to write off more of their costs.



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