Sunday shows preview: Republicans take victory lap on taxes

Sunday shows preview: Republicans take victory lap on taxes
© Greg Nash

Top Republicans will hit the Sunday show circuit this week to tout the party's victory on tax reform after the Senate passed the GOP bill early Saturday morning.

Senate Republicans debated the GOP plan late into the night Friday, finally passing the bill after midnight by a 51-49 vote.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials McConnell calls for Senate hearings on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Tenn.), who had concerns about the bill's impact on the deficit, joined all Democrats in voting against the tax overhaul.


The bill lowers the corporate tax rate and lowers tax rates for individuals through 2025. Democrats argue the plan favors the wealthy and large corporations, while Republicans insist the investment in business would stop American jobs from going overseas.

"We have an opportunity now to make America more competitive, to keep jobs from being shipped offshore and to provide substantial relief for the middle class," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.) said at a 2 a.m. press conference after the vote.

McConnell will join ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday to answer questions on the Senate's passage of the bill, while fellow GOP Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs MORE (S.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (Maine) will join CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press," respectively.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Polling analyst: Changes to legal immigration ‘the real sticking point among Democrats’ Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (R-S.C.), a longtime supporter of the bill, will also appear on CBS.

Collins was a late holdout on the bill, but eventually backed it after being guaranteed that automatic Medicare cuts under the bill would be prevented by the Senate at a later date.

Meanwhile, former Trump campaign officials Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss their forthcoming book about the campaign.

Another topic sure to dominate the Sunday shows this week is former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.

Flynn, who is expected to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's team under a plea deal, is the first former Trump administration official to be charged in the probe into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

From the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, respectively, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting White House: Trump 'disagrees' with Putin's request to question Americans MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (D-Calif.) will make appearances to discuss the ongoing Mueller investigation.

Here’s the full lineup:

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.); Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, former Trump campaign manager and deputy campaign manager.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingBipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure Lawmakers say Trump tariffs are threatening local newspapers Senate adds members to pro-NATO group MORE (I-ME), White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Trump pick to head watchdog agency is who consumers need Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE.

CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Bipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (D-Va.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

“Fox News Sunday”: White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoRepublican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline Overnight Energy: Fewer than half of school districts test for lead | Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act | FEMA avoids climate change when discussing plan for future storms Senate adds members to pro-NATO group MORE (R-Wyo.).

ABC’s “This Week”:  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), McConnell, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey.