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Congress Is On Track To Send A Massive Tax Cut Package To Trump. Here’s How Texans Voted

The Senate ultimately approved the measure in the early hours of Wednesday with minor changes. The House is expected to give the bill final approval Wednesday

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 28, 2017.

The U.S. House and Senate voted for a major overhaul of the American tax code on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, a measure that appears poised to soon reach President Donald Trump’s desk and mark the first significant legislative achievement of the Republican-controlled government this year.

Though both chambers passed the measure, a hitch emerged Tuesday. After the House first approved the measure on a 227-203 vote, House GOP leaders abruptly announced that they expected Senate Democrats to push back on the bill for violating some of the upper chamber’s parliamentary rules.

The Senate ultimately approved the measure in the early hours of Wednesday with minor changes. The House is expected to give the bill final approval Wednesday.

Both of the state’s senators – Republicans Ted Cruz and John Cornyn – voted for the overhaul. In the House, the 36-member Texas delegation vote fell along strict partisan lines Tuesday, an outcome that is not expected to change when the chamber takes up the measure again Wednesday.

Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

Two Texas figures have been central to moving the bill forward: Cornyn, the lead Senate vote-counter, and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, the House Ways and Means committee chairman from The Woodlands.

The bill offers significant cuts in corporate taxes and, for some taxpayers, major changes to deductions. How each American is affected will be impacted by geography, family size, salary and whether a taxpayer itemizes deductions.

Republicans have bullish expectations for the tax bill’s impact on the American economy and many suggest that the expected boost in wages and other effects will offset lost revenue to government coffers. But most economists anticipate the cuts will increase the national deficit by at least $1 trillion over the next 10 years. 

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