Last night the Republicans in the Senate passed a budget measure that critics say will clear the way for a tax overhaul. After the voted the President tweeted:
The budget for 2018 passed 51-49 all Democrats opposed, and so did Sen. Rand Paul who stated all week he would vote no.
“It clears the way for committees to continue their critical work to spur steady economic growth while providing legislative tools to advance tax reform,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said earlier Thursday. He called a tax overhaul “the single most important action we can take today to help our economy reach its full potential.”
Republicans are scrambling to get tax reform done which the White House has stated it would like done at the end of the year. Politico reports that one fundamental change allowed for higher defense spending without offsets. The deal was to bring war hawks in like Sen. John McCain.
It seemed Democrats gave up after nearly 400 amendments were submitted on Thursday afternoon only a small fraction of them made it to the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used all senators to stay in their seats to vote quickly “without going through the ridiculous vote-a-rama that we have done in previous years.”
This is the second budget resolution approved by the Senate and tax reform is now on the way. However, this is just a piece of the puzzle to see if the Republicans can put that puzzle together remains to be seen.