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 MulvaneyOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury Trump attacks Democrat in Ohio governor's race 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 seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers 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 McConnellJuan Williams: Trump’s policies on race are more important than his rhetoric It’s Mitch McConnell’s Washington – and we’re just living in it Trump makes new overtures to Democrats 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 FrankenMinnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Former campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Prosecutor drops some charges against Harvey Weinstein 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 Collins'Suspicious letter' mailed to Maine home of Susan Collins The Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again Conservative group launches ad campaign thanking Collins after Kavanaugh vote MORE (R-Maine).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockElection 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 GOP lawmaker suggests male Dem leaked Ford’s confidential letter Dems look to women to take back the House after Kavanaugh fight MORE (R-Va.) and Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellRep. Debbie Dingell says she heard of gang rapes taking place when she was in college Dem rep says not enough progress has been made on hearing out misconduct allegations The Hill's Morning Report — Historic, high-stakes day for Kavanaugh and Ford 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 CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems MORE (R-Ark.).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Mulvaney is on, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump attacks ‘Crazy Bernie’ Sanders over Medicare plans Overnight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports MORE (I-Vt.) also appearing.

“Fox News Sunday” — Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinDC think tank declines Saudi money amid Khashoggi controversy US lobbying firms cut ties with Saudi Arabia On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE and Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveElection Countdown: Florida candidates face new test from hurricane | GOP optimistic about expanding Senate majority | Top-tier Dems start heading to Iowa | Bloomberg rejoins Dems | Trump heads to Pennsylvania rally Dems see blue 'tsunami' in House as Senate path narrows Cook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems MORE (R-Utah) will both be on the show.