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."


Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyRepublicans open to targeted China tariffs despite steel flap GOP pushes for 'phase two' of tax cuts Lighthizer, Ross set to talk trade on Capitol Hill next week 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 ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Penn.), who sits on Senate Banking and Finance committees, will appear on "Meet the Press" while Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenators demand cyber deterrence strategy from Trump CNN's Bakari Sellers: Democratic leadership is 'old and stale' Politicians, faith leaders react to passing of Billy Graham 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 DurbinTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack 'Dreamers' fix blocked in Senate GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone 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 KlobucharDems ask FTC to probe if other companies also obtained Facebook data Students bash Congress for inaction on gun control Overnight Cybersecurity: House Intel votes to release Russia report | House lawmakers demand Zuckerberg testify | Senators unveil updated election cyber bill MORE (D-Mont.)

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCynthia Nixon: 'Sometimes a little naiveté is exactly what is needed' George Clooney writes Parkland students: 'You make me proud of my country again' Lesson from special election: Run on Social Security, Medicare and lower drug prices 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 HollenWash. gov signs universal voter registration law Spending talks face new pressure Around 100 visa waivers granted in early part of Trump travel ban MORE (D-Md.)