Sunday shows preview: GOP pushes tax plan as Senate kicks off markup

Sunday shows preview: GOP pushes tax plan as Senate kicks off markup
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Trump administration officials and Republican lawmakers are set to hit the Sunday show circuit this week to tout the GOP plan for tax reform as Congress attempts to send a bill to President Trump's desk before leaving Washington for the year.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is slated to appear on CBS's "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union" as he outlines the Trump administration's principles for tax reform, while White House legislative affairs director Marc Short is set to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment Brady at White House meeting: House to vote on more tax cuts in September IRS reduces donor reporting rules for some tax-exempt groups MORE (R-Texas), the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is also slated to appear on "Fox News Sunday." Brady introduced the House version of the long-awaited tax reform bill in early November, titled the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."

Those pushing the tax effort are speaking ahead of the Senate Finance Committee marking up its tax proposal on Monday. The measure, unveiled Thursday, lowers the top individual and corporate tax rates and keeps some of the tax breaks that are eliminated in the House GOP tax bill.

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Penn.), who sits on Senate Banking and Finance committees, will appear on "Meet the Press" while Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Congress should prioritize diversity so government reflects Americans MORE (R-S.C.), who also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, will appear on "Face the Nation." Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Too many Americans go to prison but Congress can fix this problem This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-Ill.) will appear on CNN.

Mnuchin has previously stated that there's "no artificial deadline" for the Republican-held House and Senate to send a bill to the White House. Last month, Mnuchin told Fox News that it would be "extraordinary" if tax reform was passed before Congress leaves for the year.

"It took Ronald Reagan over two years on a bipartisan basis to get tax reform done," Mnuchin said. "If we get it done this year, it will be extraordinary." 

"Our objective is to get it on the president’s desk by December to get him to sign it this year," he added, before saying that there's "no artificial deadline."

 

 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a moderate Republican and frequent Trump critic, will also appear on ABC and CNN. Kasich will likely address the scandal surrounding GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, as well as the decision by some Republicans to support Moore and cast doubt on the allegations.

Kasich tweeted Friday that he has "long opposed" Moore even before a bombshell Washington Post report revealing allegations that Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 while serving as an assistant district attorney at the age of 32. Moore has denied the allegations.

Here's the full Sunday show list:

ABC’s “This Week” — DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight MORE (D-Mont.)

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Rasmussen poll: Nearly three-quarters of Dems want 'fresh face' as nominee in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.)

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Mnuchin, Kasich, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

“Fox News Sunday” — Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Senate adds members to pro-NATO group Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act MORE (D-Md.)