Sunday shows preview: Anticipation builds ahead of Senate vote on tax cuts

Sunday shows preview: Anticipation builds ahead of Senate vote on tax cuts
© Greg Nash

Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for a fight over tax reform this week, as the Senate GOP plans to vote on their version of the tax bill as early as Thursday.

Tax reform is set to take center stage on the Sunday talk show circuit, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle scheduled to appear. The appearances come ahead of what could be the Republican-led Congress' first legislative success and President Trump's first major accomplishment since taking office. 

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAnti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Fed nominees vow to rebuff pressure from Trump on interest rates MORE (R-S.C.), who has been vocal about his optimism that the tax reform bill will not share the same fate as the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, is set to appear on ABC's "This Week." Scott's South Carolina colleague Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump’s danger on North Korea? Raised expectations Graham: If you don't like me working with Trump, 'I don't give a s--t' Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms MORE (R) will also make an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with Democrat Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinHugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' Opioid treatment plans must include a trauma-informed approach Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems want answers on DOJ ObamaCare decision MORE (Ill.).


Graham has put high stakes on the passage of the GOP reform bill, warning that if the Senate fails to pass tax reform Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives and move forward to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump. He's also suggested a loss on tax reform could weaken Republicans' slim Senate majority. 

Another optimistic Republican senator, Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHarvard biz school honors Wilbur Ross GOP senators blast White House aide over trade remarks Community development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform MORE of Ohio, will speak on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd. Portman has countered concerns of Republican budget hawks over the bill's $1.4 trillion price tag, arguing that the cuts to individual tax rates will actually reduce the deficit by sparking new economic growth and revenue. 

The controversial legislation can only take two defecting votes before failing, and several moderate and conservative Republicans have already criticized some of the bill's provisions. 

Lawmakers are also likely to bring up the recent wave sexual harassment allegations that have swept Capitol Hill, leading both parties to call for better procedures to prevent and report sexual harassment and assault in Congress.

Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersPortland activist stages ‘reparations happy hour’ Conyers III won't appear on primary ballot in race to replace his father Conyers's son in danger of missing ballot in Michigan MORE (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress, and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenBill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week MORE (D-Minn.) have both faced allegations of sexual assault and harassment in recent weeks.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a longtime advocate against sexual harassment in Congress who says she was once harassed as a Hill staffer, will appear on "This Week." Her appearance comes ahead of a House vote next week on a resolution that would create a mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for all House members and their staff.



The full lineup for the Sunday news shows is as follows:

ABC's "This Week" - Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Reps. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockRNC mum on whether it will support Trump-backed Corey Stewart The Hill's Morning Report — Ryan dodges disaster on immigration Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R-Va.), and Jackie Speier, (D-Calif.)

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump rips Democrats for allowing MS-13 'animals' into country The Hill's 12:30 Report Trump unloads from White House lawn MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Anita Hill

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Panel of authors.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer

Fox's "Fox News Sunday" - Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell: Mueller 'ought to wrap it up' Graham jokes about Corker: GOP would have to be organized to be a cult Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post MORE, (R-S.D.)