After House Republicans made history passing the first tax reform bill in over 20 years, all eyes are on the Senate to replicate that success.
A vote on the bill is expected to take place sometime next week, after several weeks of deliberations.
Several Democrats have taken to Twitter to express problems they have over the bill, including California Senator Kamala Harris.
She shared an article by Business Insider, which is titled “The Republican tax bill contains a sneaky break for private jet owners.”
Retweet if you would *not* benefit from a private jet tax break. https://t.co/jxAWezkbq8
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) November 17, 2017
The Business Insider article reports the Senate tax bill contains such a provision:
One of those exemptions in the Senate version of the bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would give a break to owners and operators of private jets.
Currently, the federal government imposes an excise tax on every flight an aircraft makes. Under the Republican tax legislation, costs for maintenance and other support activities for privately-operated planes would be exempt from the excise tax. Here’s what that exempts, per the Joint Committee on Taxation’s description of the provision:
“Applicable services include support activities related to the aircraft itself, such as its storage, maintenance, and fueling, and those related to its operation, such as the hiring and training of pilots and crew, as well as administrative services such as scheduling, flight planning, weather forecasting, obtaining insurance, and establishing and complying with safety standards.”
It also reports the provision was similarly offered by one Harris’ Democrat colleagues, Senator Sherrod Brown:
The change appears to be similar to a bill offered by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and cosponsored by GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
Several people on Twitter were quick to point out the provision’s origins were from a Democrat, per IJR:
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 17, 2017
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 17, 2017
— Meech (@michi83) November 17, 2017
It’s a Democrat proposal, not a Republican one.
— Michael Josem (@MichaelJosem) November 18, 2017
Are you aware that @SenSherrodBrown also introduced a similar bill earlier in the year? Shame on him!
— TerryHasAnOpinon (@Terrysagirl) November 17, 2017
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was the sponsor of this provision https://t.co/GeSELpxNQu
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) November 17, 2017
— Ben Wilhelm (@FederalistBen) November 17, 2017
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
The real question is will @SenKamalaHarris respond with a revision or correction or is she content to unknowingly throw her on party under the bus?
— Steven Boots (@TheBoots17) November 17, 2017