The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump signs tax bill into law | Congress leaves town after averting shutdown | GOP leaders worry about keeping majorities in 2018 | Best Christmas decorations



Signed, sealed, delivered.: President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE just signed the sweeping Republican tax bill, enacting his first major legislative accomplishment into law. How this changes the optics of his first year in office: http://bit.ly/2BPGoXN

HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU: Via The New York Times, here's a calculator that shows whether your personal taxes will go up or down. http://nyti.ms/2kZWfer

WHY THE TIMING IS THROWING OFF HOLIDAY PLANS: Via The New York Times's Tiffany Hsu and Julie Creswell, "Because the tax overhaul ... is coming so late in the year, it is setting off a mad dash by public companies. They are required to report the effects of the new law in their financial statements to shareholders in the same quarter that the law becomes enacted, even if the measures themselves go into effect later. ... Companies whose fiscal year closes on Dec. 31 or Jan. 31 ... will have just a few weeks to produce quarterly and annual financial statements for investors that reflect the new tax system." http://nyti.ms/2C1WqQU

WHY TRUMP CHANGED HIS SIGNING CEREMONY PLANS: "Pres. Trump says he changed his plans for a formal ceremony in January to sign tax bill when he saw news reports questioning, 'Will he keep his promise? Will he sign it by Christmas?'" Watch: http://bit.ly/2kY4qYV

It's a quiet day in Washington. Happy Friday before Christmas! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.


PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Hill's 12:30 Report will be off next week for the holidays. We'll be back after the New Year!

In the meantime, please, please send me pictures of your children, pets and families dressed up in holiday attire -- and I'll feature a few when I return. You know I live for this stuff. ;) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Anddddd the lights stay on another day! (well, month): The House and Senate both approved the temporary government spending bill yesterday, ensuring there won't be a government shutdown before Christmas. How long it will keep the government open: Until Jan. 19. Included in the bill: Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Punted until next year: Immigration, surveillance and ObamaCare fixes. http://nyti.ms/2pa0kSw

The Senate vote: 66-32, 17 Democrats voted for the bill and all but two Republicans voted for it. http://bit.ly/2kGssrQ

The House vote: 231-188, with most Republicans approving.

The hashtag congressional reporters were using: #jetfumes to describe the exhaustion in Congress and desire to get back home. Just thinking ahead: "And with that, House lawmakers flee the chamber -- some with their suitcases in tow. #jetfumes)" (From The Hill's Melanie Zanonahttp://bit.ly/2BR3BZQ

Lol, this is your government: "Alright Senate officially has the votes to fund gov't!* Dems just basically drew straws on the floor just now to decide who gets to vote no. (Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: House passes funding bill | Congress gets deal on opioids package | 80K people died in US from flu last winter Wilkie vows no 'inappropriate influence' at VA Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers MORE won)" (From Politico's Sarah Ferrishttp://bit.ly/2pe29y3

Despite this week, it's not all sunshine and butterflies and roses and smiles in the party: Via Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Senate candidate: Kavanaugh 'debacle' 'hugely motivating' to Missouri voters Trump praises McConnell: He ‘stared down the angry left-wing mob’ to get Kavanaugh confirmed Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge MORE (R-Ky.) has been privately saying that Republicans could lose the House AND the Senate in 2018. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy introduces bill to fully fund Trump's border wall On The Money: McCarthy offers bill to fully fund Trump border wall | US to press China on currency in trade talks | Mnuchin plans to go ahead with Saudi trip | How America's urban-rural divide is changing the Dems Election Countdown: Minnesota Dems worry Ellison allegations could cost them key race | Dems struggle to mobilize Latino voters | Takeaways from Tennessee Senate debate | Poll puts Cruz up 9 in Texas MORE (R-Wis.) has also told donors that he's afraid that GOP lawmakers in swing districts could retire, opening up key House seats to Democrats.

Oh and...: "A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the party's collapse with female voters." Why Republicans have that analysis: http://politi.co/2kYTAl8



You've got a friend in me: Via CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe backed fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThree reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself MORE's claims that President Trump asked him for his loyalty. McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Comey told him about conversations he had with Trump after they occurred. Details: http://cnn.it/2Bl0tEh

Ouch, tell us how you both really feel: Via Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon's world tour "reveals what really went down in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka [Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFive things to watch for in deteriorating US-Saudi relations NYT: Kushner paid almost nothing in taxes thanks to business tax break Trump to call Saudi king about missing journalist MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpWatchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Juul boosts lobbying amid FDA scrutiny MORE], his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss--and his own political ambitions." On Jared Kushner: "To Bannon ... Kushner was a callow elitist in way over his head. 'He doesn't know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables,' Bannon said. 'The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.' According to a person close to Kushner, Trump's son-in-law viewed Bannon as a leaker at best, and a racist at worst." I.e.: They shouldn't be expecting holiday greeting cards from each otherhttp://bit.ly/2pgt7F6

If I had to imagine the Trump-iest greeting card possible, this is pretty close: Here's what President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' Sarah Sanders: Melania has 'more class than the women who bully her' First lady says 'I really don't care' jacket was meant to troll press MORE's Christmas card looked like this year. My biggest takeaway: I really need to step up my Christmas card game next year. #goals



Omg -- this has been getting a lot of traction:



The House and Senate are out until next year.

President Trump is en route to Palm Beach, Fla. Photo of Trump boarding Air Force One: http://bit.ly/2kEPijE

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.



10:30 a.m. EST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held his end-of-the-year press conference. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2ByWND5

9 a.m. EST Monday: MSNBC is airing "2017 As It Happened" with the biggest stories of the year as they were reported in the moment.



Today is National Date Nut Bread Day.

*Cues a tune* 'In the meadow we can build a snow...land. Yes, land!' 

THIS TOWN LITERALLY IS CHRISTMAS: Here's a town in Leavenworth, Wash., that is completely decked out. Even the snow is perfect. Watch: http://bit.ly/2BSAnKh

THE LIGHTS ON THIS HOUSE SHOULD COME WITH A MEDICAL WARNING: You know that neighbor with the crazy lights that time with music? This house in Tracy, Calif., is that on steroids. I'm extremely impressed, but also a bit baffled at the time spent on this. Watch: http://bit.ly/2CX5CDa

OK, THIS FIRE DEPARTMENT WINS: A fire department in Colorado choreographed a holiday show using the fire station, fire trucks, music and video editing skills. Watch: http://bit.ly/2kFAuBi

THROWBACK TO OBAMA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS: Here are outtakes from former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDonald Trump Jr. emerges as GOP fundraising force Trump shows peace through strength works after Obama Wake up, Kanye West MORE's first holiday address. Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaNoisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? The Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again Sanders weighs in on aggressiveness of Democratic protests: 'I am not a great fan of being rude or disrupting activities' MORE's reactions are priceless. http://bit.ly/2BOW1yN

And to get your holiday weekend off to a strong start, here's a parade of wiener dogs in Christmas sweaters. They are all taking this VERY seriously. http://bit.ly/2CZAR06


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