Author Archives: Sam Wice

Government Funding Ends Today (Not Tomorrow)

by Sam Wice — Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

This blog post updates two of my previous blog posts regarding continuing resolutions ending a day earlier than intended. Unlike the December 8 date that Congress and commentators believe is the deadline for a government shutdown, a close reading of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (“CR”) shows that the deadline is likely a day earlier. The […]

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Why the End of This Year Is the Worst Possible Time to Pass Tax Reform

by Sam Wice — Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Republicans hope to pass tax reform before Christmas so that they can go back to their constituents over the Winter Holidays and talk about their accomplishments.  However, because of the Pay-As-You-Go Act (PAYGO), passing tax reform at the end of the year would be the worst possible time to pass tax reform as it would […]

What Republicans Could Do If Tax Reform Fails

by Sam Wice — Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

To avoid a Senate filibuster, Republicans are using the reconciliation process to pass tax reform.  As part of their reconciliation instructions, Republicans allowed tax reform to increase the deficit by up to $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.  Even though tax reform can add to the deficit over the first ten years of the proposal, […]

How House Republicans Could Prove that They Won’t Increase Taxes on the Middle Class

by Sam Wice — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

House Republicans plan to release the full details of their tax-reform proposal tomorrow.  If Republicans follow their prior framework, they will propose a 2% tax increase on individuals in the 10% and 33% tax brackets.  If House Republicans want to prove that their tax-reform proposal would not be a tax increase on the middle class […]

A Closer Look at the 28-Hour Waiting Period for CBO Estimates

by Sam Wice — Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has played a prominent role in the recent debate regarding Obamacare repeal and replace proposals. Many Republicans likely hoped that they could have voted on the proposals without first having CBO’s estimates bolster opposition to the proposals. After this failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans plan to include in […]