Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
This tax bill is going to pass and Alabama is going to elect a pedophile!
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- The Republican tax bill “could widen American economic inequality while diminishing the power of local communities to marshal relief for vulnerable people—especially in high-tax states like California and New York, which, not coincidentally, tend to vote Democratic.” In short, it’s bad. [New York Times]
- The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the tax bill will add $1 trillion to the deficit. [The Hill]
- Senator John McCain said he will vote for the bill. [Politico]
- So will Lisa Murkowski. [New York Times]
- A reminder that the tax bill is also an Obamacare repeal in disguise: “The repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate—a provision rolled into the Republican tax bill—means millions more people will be uninsured by 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Individual and small-group marketplaces will be destabilized, and rates of medical bankruptcy will return to pre-Obamacare levels.” [The Atlantic]
- Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted that the Senate might vote on the bill tonight despite not having the final bill. [Twitter]
- In the meantime, House Republicans are working on a short-term solution to prevent a government shutdown. [Washington Post]
- In her daily briefing, Sarah Sanders defended Donald Trump’s decision to retweet anti-Islamic videos from Jayda Fransen, the leader of a British hate group. “I think what [Trump’s] done is elevate the conversation to talk about a real issue and a real threat, and that’s extreme violence and extreme terrorism,” Sanders said today. [Talking Point Memo]
- After multiple sexual harassment complaints, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi changed her position and called on Representative John Conyers to resign. [NBC News]
- Representative Joe Barton will not seek reelection. [CNN]
- Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore co-authored a textbook stating that women should not run for office. [ThinkProgress]