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 MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE is scheduled to go on CBS's "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union" to discuss the tax effort.

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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 senators divided over approach to election security Democrats make U-turn on calling border a 'manufactured crisis' GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers 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 McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request 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 FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP Barbs start to fly ahead of first Democratic debate 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 CollinsMaine House speaker announces challenge to Collins Senate seat GOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (R-Maine).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers GOP lawmaker introduces bill to stop revolving door Ex-lawmakers face new scrutiny over lobbying MORE (R-Va.) and Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellCalifornia official blasts EPA head over car standard negotiations Democrats grill Trump officials over fuel standard rollback On The Money: Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight | House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill | GOP senators, White House delay meeting on spending | Trump hits Fed over high interest rates 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 CottonUS officials express optimism negotiations with Iran possible Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE (R-Ark.).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Mulvaney is on, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE (I-Vt.) also appearing.

“Fox News Sunday” — Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Trump's tax returns — DOJ trying to put off the inevitable? GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE and Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveCongressional Women's Softball team releases roster The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Juan Williams: Racial shifts spark fury in Trump and his base MORE (R-Utah) will both be on the show.