Sunday shows preview: Republicans take victory lap on taxes

Sunday shows preview: Republicans take victory lap on taxes
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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 CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer 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 McConnellOcasio-Cortez rips Trump in first House floor speech: 'It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want' Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Supporters leave notes on plaque outside Ocasio-Cortez's office 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 ScottIf Republicans rebuked Steve King, they must challenge Donald Trump McConnell rebukes Steve King over white nationalist comments Steve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy MORE (S.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senators look for possible way to end shutdown MORE (Maine) will join CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press," respectively.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Overnight Defense: Four Americans killed in Syria suicide attack | State of the Union becomes latest shutdown flashpoint | Missile defense review on track for Thursday release White House condemns 'terror attack' that killed US troops 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 SchiffFISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Intel Dems hire corruption expert, ex-prosecutor as they ramp up Russia probe: report The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Grandson's note to Barr during confirmation hearing goes viral 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 KingGOP senators challenge Trump on shutdown strategy Will Trump declare an emergency tonight? Only he knows for sure Senate in last-minute talks to find deal to avert shutdown  MORE (I-ME), White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Former PepsiCo CEO being considered for World Bank chief post: report Ivanka Trump to help pick new World Bank president, but will not be one of the candidates MORE.

CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight Mobile providers at center of privacy storm Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks MORE (D-Va.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

“Fox News Sunday”: White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Dem senator expresses concern over acting EPA chief's 'speedy promotion' MORE (R-Wyo.).

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