The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate to delay corporate tax cut, breaking with House, Trump | GOP anxiety rises over 2018 | Dems still face identity crisis after Tuesday wins | House Judiciary chair to retire | Lin-Manuel Miranda returns in 'Hamilton'



In Candyland terms, the Senate releasing their tax plan today is equivalent to passing through the "Gumdrop Mountains," but getting "Stuck on a Licorice Space." Ya feel me?

Senate Republicans are unveiling their own tax reform plan today that differs significantly from the House’s plan. Here’s what we know so far:

Corporate tax rate: Senate Republicans plan to propose delaying a cut in the corporate tax rate until 2019. Why this is big: This breaks with President Trump’s insistence that a corporate tax cut be put in place immediately. What House Republicans proposed: Gradually lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent starting in 2018.

ObamaCare individual mandate: Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTo lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule MORE (R-La.) also said the individual mandate will not be repealed as part of the Senate tax overhaul plan.

Why we’re expecting this to blow up: Both chambers will need to eventually reconcile their different bills.

Tidbit — if you’re looking for the legislative text: You won’t find it. Why: “Unlike the rest of Congress — including their counterparts on the House Ways and Means Committee — members of the Senate Finance panel conduct their business in plain English. The conversion to legislative text takes place on the way to the floor. More from Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski:

Where conservative Dems stand: They are firmly opposition to the current bills. Why: They’re hoping Tuesday’s wins for Democrats will force the GOP to compromise.

It's Thursday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.



Announced this morning -- another House retirement: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Florida shooting reopens CDC gun research debate Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (R-Va.) announced he will not seek reelection. Context: Goodlatte, 65, is the third term-limited House committee chairman to announce his plans to leave the chamber within the last week. The other two are Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingMick Mulvaney has ignited a firestorm to rein in the CFPB Exiting lawmakers put in calls to K Street GOP rep hits party for passing budget, government funding deal MORE (R-Texas).

Latest with Sen. Paul's assault -- his neighbor pleads not guilty: Via The Associated Press, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE's (R-Ky.) longtime next-door neighbor Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault after Paul broke three ribs from an attack while he was mowing his lawn. Any explanation to Boucher's plea?: No, he only said "yes sir" to the judge. If convicted: Boucher could face up to a year in jail.

So, we gave Dems their good news yesterday. Now for the bad news...:Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, even after a stellar day at the polls on Tuesday, Democrats still face an identity crisis. How so: The party fears its lack of a clear message, which could be problematic in 2018 and 2020. What Dems are saying, even after Tuesday's results:

BUT IT'S NOT JUST DEMS: Republicans have anxiety over the 2018 midterms, too. Why: Democratic victories across the country on Tuesday night show their congressional majorities are at risk in next year's midterm elections.

Spotted chatting in the Capitol -- 'with visions of 2020 floating in our heads...': Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March Outgoing GOP rep: Republican Party 'heading into trouble' in election MORE (R-Ariz.), who recently announced he will not seek reelection, was seen talking with Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" personality Mark CubanKeep in mind: Cuban has publicly floated running for president in 2020. A few days ago Cuban said, "Thinking [about it] quite a bit. Would I do it? Right now I say it is 10 percent."

Well, good. It's about time he performs his civic duty in life (lol): Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE reported for jury duty yesterday in Chicago. Video of him entering:



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Watch his sandwich delivery to Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeNFL player who kneeled for national anthem tackles Capitol Hill 'externship' Former Comey aide grilled by House panel for over seven hours Judiciary advances 17 judicial nominees MORE (D-Texas)



The House was in this morning. The Senate is still in.

Today: The House Ways and Means Committee marks up the Republican tax reform bill for the fourth day. Livestream and live blog:

11 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence met with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of Turkey in the Roosevelt Room.

2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves Washington, D.C. for Indianapolis, Ind.

4:50 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence tours TKO Graphix in Indiana and meets with local leaders to discuss tax reform.

8 p.m. EST: President Trump departs Beijing, China for Vietnam.

11 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence arrives back in Washington, D.C.

12:30 a.m. EST: President Trump arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam where he speaks at the APEC CEO Summit and then participates in a series of meet-and-greets.

Related op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, The Asia Society Policy Institute's Anubhav Gupta writes why he thinks President Trump should champion India for an Asia-Pacific economic pact.

Saturday: Veterans Day.

Sunday: Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon is speaking to the Zionist Organization of America, his first public appearance booked since leaving the White House.



3 p.m. EDT: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE will speak at the Geisinger symposium on revitalizing America's health care system.

5:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence delivers remarks about tax reform in Indiana. Livestream:

7:30 p.m. EDT: One year and one day after losing the presidential election, Hillary Clinton speaks in Milwaukee, Wis. Emmy winner Bradley Whitford of NBC's "The West Wing" is moderating the discussion. Tickets:

1:30 a.m. EST (if you're still up): President Trump delivers remarks to the APEC CEO Summit at the Ariyana Da Nang Exhibition Center in Vietnam.



Today is Greek Yogurt Day.

Lin-Manuel Miranda returns as Alexander Hamilton: Via Entertainment Weekly's David Canfield, "Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing 'Hamilton' to Puerto Rico. The Pulitzer-winning creator of the musical phenomenon announced from Puerto Rico Wednesday that, in January 2019, he'll reprise his role as Founding Father Alexander Hamilton for a limited stage run." Details: It will run from Jan. 8-27 at the University of Puerto Rico's Teatro UPR.

And because you read this far, here's a girl who stole the show at her church's performance:


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