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 ScottTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday in aftermath of Florence 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 Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser MORE (R) will also make an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with Democrat Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (Ill.).

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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 PortmanGraham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment 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 ConyersConservative activist disrupts campaign event for Muslim candidates Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms Record numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress MORE (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress, and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC 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 ComstockElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Overnight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback Virginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence MORE (R-Va.), and Jackie Speier, (D-Calif.)

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Pelosi: GOP's 2019 agenda a 'nightmare' for working families, seniors Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ 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 ThuneWant to improve health care? Get Americans off of their couches More Dems want focus on job creation than wage growth Google, Apple, Amazon execs to testify at Senate privacy hearing this month MORE, (R-S.D.)