Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push

Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push
© Greg Nash

Trump administration officials are set to appear on the Sunday show circuit this week to sell the GOP's tax plan as the push to overhaul the nation's tax code shifts to the Senate.

Several Trump administration officials are set to make the case for the tax reform effort Sunday as Republicans push to secure their first major legislative victory during President Trump's tenure.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short is slated to appear on ABC's "This Week," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is set to appear on "Fox News Sunday" and White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment When a bureaucrat asks for less power, give it to him Overnight Finance: Wells Fargo hit with B fine | Top lawmakers want execs punished | Banks cash in on tax law | GOP chair blasts FDIC over data security MORE is scheduled to go on CBS's "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union" to discuss the tax effort.


All eyes are the Senate, where Republicans are crafting their own tax bill, after House Republicans this week celebrated the passage of their tax plan.

Already, some GOP senators have voiced concern about the tax proposal, and one, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator: Congress needs ‘to move on’ from Russia probe GOP senator: ‘Way too early’ to talk about supporting Trump in 2020 IG report faults fired FBI official McCabe for leak to media MORE (R-Wis.), has said he cannot support it as written.

The House bill passed this week would fulfill several key promises of Trump's tax outline, namely slashing the corporate tax rate, reducing the number of individual tax brackets from seven to three and doing away with a number of tax breaks and deductions.

The Senate bill differs substantially from that of the House. It's tax cuts for individuals are temporary, and it would delay a corporate tax cut for a year. It also repeals ObamaCare's individual mandate that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty.

The Senate Finance Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to approve the tax proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRand's reversal advances Pompeo After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Overnight Cybersecurity: Senators eye path forward on election security bill | Facebook isn't winning over privacy advocates | New hacks target health care MORE (R-Ky.) said he would bring the measure to the floor for debate after the Thanksgiving recess.

It remains to be seen if the Senate bill will have the support to pass. Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the chamber, and assuming that all Democrats oppose the bill, the GOP can only afford two defections within its ranks if it hopes to clear the measure.

Another major topic expected to dominate the Sunday shows is the mounting sexual harassment and assault allegations against a number of political figures.

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken to make first public appearance since resignation Overnight Cybersecurity: Fallout from Comey memos | IG reportedly investigating memos over classified info | DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign | GOP chair blasts FDIC over data security Why Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls MORE (D-Minn.) became the latest politician to be swept up in the allegations. He was accused this week of forcibly kissing and groping a woman in 2006 during a USO tour in the Middle East. He apologized over the incident, which the woman, a Los Angeles broadcaster, accepted.

At the same time, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is still facing allegations from multiple women of sexual impropriety, including that he pursued sexual and romantic relations with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who has spoke publicly about her own experiences with sexual harassment and is among the lawmakers leading the charge to crack down on such conduct in Congress, is set to go on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday morning.

Here's the full lineup:

ABC’s “This Week” — White House legislative affairs director Marc Short is set to go on, as is Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Dems raise new questions about Pruitt's security | EPA rules burning wood is carbon neutral | Fourth GOP lawmaker calls for Pruitt's ouster | Court blocks delay to car efficiency fines How much does the FDA really do to promote public health? Trump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope MORE (R-Maine).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockBiz group launches bus tour to promote GOP tax law GOP fears primary fight will ruin Va. Senate chances Trump effect splits Senate and House GOP candidates MORE (R-Va.) and Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's Morning Report: Hannity drawn into Cohen legal fight MORE (D-Mich.) will be on the show. Perry Hooper Jr., Trump's Alabama campaign chief, will make an appearance, as well.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney and Speier will appear on the show. They'll be joined by Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawsuits, investigations send Trump on Twitter tirade GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Sunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner MORE (R-Ark.).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Mulvaney is on, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment Kamala Harris will no longer accept corporate PAC money Judd Gregg: Who wins with Paul Ryan's departure? MORE (I-Vt.) also appearing.

“Fox News Sunday” — Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Finance: Treasury mulls sanctions relief for Russian aluminum firm | Trump floats tying NAFTA talks to border security | 14 states hit record-low unemployment Mnuchin to lead delegation to embassy opening in Jerusalem: report Trump administration backing more funding for World Bank: report MORE and Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveHouse Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots Young GOP lawmakers want more power Expanding map creates tough choices for GOP MORE (R-Utah) will both be on the show.