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tv   U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House Rule Debate for Revised GOP Tax...  CSPAN  December 20, 2017 2:47pm-3:02pm EST

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>> republicans heading to the white house for what they are calling a bill passage event that's set for 3:00 p.m. eastern. we'll have that live here on c-span. and morehouse coverage later today. we mention the house passing the tax reform measure earlier today, agreeing to the changes made by the senate. the final vote this afternoon was 224-201. as we wait for the event at the white house, coming up at 3:00, we'll show you some of the debate from earlier today starting with rules debate from this morning. jobs act. mr. speaker, last evening the senate on a vote of 51-48 passed the tax cuts and jobs act which i believe is in the interest of the american people. this is a bold, pro-growth plan that will overhaul our tax code
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and unleash the free enterprise system. it lowers tax rates on businesses of all sizes so the job creators can focus more on bringing not only more work to their workers but also hiring more workers, increasing paychecks and growing a competitive marketplace all around the world. we're trying to expand our economy. mr. speaker, there's nothing more important for any member of this body than to know that the things that are happening in their own local communities are about the ability for people. people, whether they have just graduated from high school, whether they're graduating from a technical school, whether they're graduating from college or whether they're looking for the second job or a longer career to be successful in the marketplace in their own area, in their own home. not having to move somewhere to find a job but in their own
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community. that is what we're trying to do. we're trying to increase wages for every single community across this country. my home of dallas, texas has been home to so many people who have moved there as a result of the really unlimited opportunities that we see right now in texas, and that comes because texas has found itself to be the home because so many other places, so many other companies have literally been run out of their states because of high taxes, high taxes that are placed on those companies and the employees to where it makes living and being competitive more difficult. during consideration of this legislation, the senate, a few relatively few small provisions were removed through points of order in the senate under what's called the byrd rule, a parliamentary rule used during reconciliation. the first change was made by
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the senate under the byrd rule strikes the language that allowed 529 accounts to be used for homeschool expenses. the second change modifies a provision that imposes an excise tax on the investment income of certain educational institutions. the change strikes a reference to, and i quote, tuition paying, end of quote, students making the exception to the excise tax available only if the institution has less than 500 students or if 50% or less of the students are located in the united states. a third small change simply strikes the short title. mr. speaker, all of these provisions were included in the bill, the underlying bill as it
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first passed the senate and came to the house and passed. however, at the time that this was done, there were no parliamentary points of order which were raised which were later done. these minor changes, mr. speaker, will allow us to advance exactly the same discussion that we had on this body, exactly the same discussion we had with the american people, exactly the things that we talked about up in the rules committee and across this country as republicans have talked about the importance of the status o tax bill that we presently have move so many companies overseas, move jobs overseas, and is not encouraging american companies to be competitive because america, when combined with state and local taxes and federal taxes, are among the highest in the world, which
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means that american business finds itself in a competitive marketplace, may be a graduate product but on price we are not -- may be a great product but on price we are not competitive. this bill will achieve the greatness that we need for a people that want and needs. this will make sure that the rising worker, whether they're brand new in the marketplace, or whether they're an entrepreneur or a mother or a father out in the marketplace looking for a job will find the ability to be successful. the united states is already the best place in the world to live. we're an incubator for new ideas and small business but now we're going to be able to celebrate that to make it easier. we're taking the tax code, instead of being the highest tax nation in the world, to be one of the lowest. it is going to mean great things for the american people,
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the american worker and most of all for people who believe that we want america to be great again. mr. speaker, i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: good morning, mr. speaker. it seems like only yesterday we were here, does it not? mr. speaker, i thank my colleague for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. slaughter: we are five days away from christmas, but it feels like groundhog day. less than 24 hours ago, the majority stood in the chamber and passed its partisan bill to provide tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and one president. speaker ryan called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but apparently by a twist of fate he's getting that great opportunity again today, much sooner than i am assume he anticipated, because we are taking the bill up this
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morning. maybe because providing tax cuts to the 1% the majority failed to do due diligence to properly vet the bill. we found out after it passed that several of the provisions violated the byrd rule in the senate. now, everybody knows about the byrd rule in the senate and i don't understand why. this is not found in the conference. this is the rule that prohibits the senate for considering extraneous matters as part of a reconciliation bill. after passing the house, governing 529 accounts, and exempting certain universities from an excise tax were ruled out of order by the senate parliamentarian. the bill was so rushed that even the title of h.r. 1, tax cuts and jobs act, was found to be a violation. let me repeat that. the very first words of the
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bill didn't pass muster with a nonpartisan rule keeper in the senate. imagine what other errors we have yet to discover. this is a consequence of a process that was nothing short of an abomination. there were zero hearings on this bill. not a single expert was called in to give his or her experience. it passed only after a series of closed or back room dealings and the republicans -- i think there were some democrats there , the ne of them signed it conference. the senate was such a sham that the first agreement happened before the first meeting took place. i know this won't the last time that we will meet to fix this bill. mark my words, we will make so-called technical fixes because of hasty consideration.
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majorities rushing to pass a bill is historically unpopular, clearly deeply flawed and will be forced to clean up its impacts and unintended consequences for many years to come. and i really wish -- i think we all got a second opportunity here, and i would rich that my friends to whom i -- would grab up all their papers and run for the door and forget about this tax bill altogether, but i know that wish will not come true. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i thank the gentlewoman from new york. she has, as the rules committee has, >> you can see all this debate online in our video library at c-span.org. we leave this and take you louvre to the white house. the republicans have gathered there along with president trump arriving shortly to mark the passage of the tax reform bill. the changes to the senate measure passing the house earlier today by a vote of 224
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to 201. live coverage here on c-span.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, accompanied by the vice president, the speaker of the house and the senate majority leader.

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