New house vote is tomorrow.
The Senate voted early Wednesday to pass Republicans’ ambitious $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code, moving one step closer to achieving their first major legislative victory under President Donald Trump.
The Senate bill was passed, 51-48, in a vote that didn’t come down until 12:45 a.m. ET.
About a dozen protesters in the Senate chamber interrupted the vote multiple times shouting, “Kill the bill!” before they were escorted out of the gallery. Vice President Mike Pence had to call for order in the chamber on at least three occasions.
Now the bill heads back to the House, where Republicans voted earlier Tuesday to also approve the measure — a compromise bill between the two chambers — but a late technical objection by the Senate parliamentarian to three small parts of the legislation means the House will have to vote again on a revised version.
The House vote on the bill, the largest overhaul of the tax code in 30 years, was along party lines, 227-203.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had long sought the overhaul, was triumphant announcing the vote, bringing the gavel down emphatically and then letting it drop off the podium.
Afterward, Ryan said on “New Year’s Day, America will have a new tax code for a new era of American prosperity.”
“When House Republicans began this journey, we had two goals in mind. We believed Americans deserved a tax code bill of growth. We believed America could leapfrog back to the lead of the pack as a best place on the planet for the next new jobs and next new business. Today, we achieved those goals,” Ryan said.
Pence was on hand to congratulate Republicans after the vote. He also read that the bill had passed from the Senate floor, eliciting a standing ovation from the GOP side of the room.